Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Photo Number 285

Rairoad Studio  Solway Antiques This is a Cabinet Card that I purchased at an antique shop in Solway, Minnesota. It is probably from around 1890. Traveling photographers sometimes set up shop in a Railroad car travelling from town to town taking photos. Undercutting the prices of local photographers.  The more I read about photography in it’s early days, the more I shake my head, some travelled by bicycle and slept in tents, some by horse and wagon ( really hard on the equipment) and some even had special cars that could be on train track or horse drawn.
Railroad Studio Solway Antiques TwoThis is the back of the cabinet card, Gage Holloway Died 1968 Mar.  Is this Gage in the photo?  I did a quick search the other day and came up empty handed. We may never know.
Thanks for stopping by, do come again.  Just a reminder, if you feel that one of your relatives is in one of these photos please email me and I will return the photo to you:) 
Update: From Iggy!  Thanks! 
Name: Gage T Holloway 
Age: 31 in 1920 census
Estimated birth year: abt 1889 

Name: Gage T Holloway 
Spouse: Crecy B 
Birth: abt 1889
Residence: 1920 - city, Scotts Bluff, Nebraska 
Death: dd mm 1968 - city, Scotts Bluff, Nebraska, United States of America

8 comments:

  1. Gage looks like a grown man in a little boy's body.

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  2. I'm trying to figure out what Gage is standing on. Is it grass or a really scary looking bearskin?

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  3. http://www.casde.unl.edu/history/counties/scottsbluff/henry/ mentions a Gage Holloway owning a bank in 1920 in Henry, Nebraska. I didn't find much other than that.

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  4. Being a simple soul, I'm wondering why anyone would write his date of death on the back of a kid's photo? Was the photo used somewhere else?
    At a seance pr spiritualist church?

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  5. Look at the details of the clothing! Amazing for that time period.

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  6. Christine, Yes it looks like some kind of a hide from an animal..not sure what kind.
    Macy, a seance would be a rare occurance in these parts.. It think it was just the persons way of remembering, not remembering when they were born but when they died. :)

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  7. From Ancestry.com:

    Name: Gage T Holloway
    Age: 31 in 1920 census
    Estimated birth year: abt 1889

    Name: Gage T Holloway
    Spouse: Crecy B
    Birth: abt 1889
    Residence: 1920 - city, Scotts Bluff, Nebraska
    Death: dd mm 1968 - city, Scotts Bluff, Nebraska, United States of America

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  8. Some relative must have prized the photo enough to take it with them to Minnesota, or his sister or brother had copies.

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