Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Photo Number 379

Today we will look at three photos of Laurisa’s.  I believe that perhaps these three people are related. They were all taken at the same studio..(Hom? Hone? Ione? ) in Brattleboro, Vermont.  All of these photos are Cabinet Cards.
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My best guess is parents and their older child. I think she looks just like the elderly gentleman. I will date these photos 1890 to 1900.

Who are these people..and how they ended up in Alabama from Vermont will most likely remain a mystery. 

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Update from Norkio: 
 I think I'd date these a little younger - maybe 1885-1890. Reason is the clothes. Women's fashions in the 1890s really went wide on the arms with big balloon sleeves and poufy trims and frills. These ladies dresses are more sleek, leading me to believe they are of the earlier decade.


Update from Iggy: 
Caleb L. Howe, photographer, Union Block, Brattleboro, VT (worked 1860/5-1895) or his son, John C. (worked 1880-1895) appear to be the photographer.

Update From Thomas Saint John:

John Wolcott Phelps (November 13, 1813 -- February 2 -- 1885) was born in Guilford Centre, Vermont, the son of Judge John Phelps and Lucy Lovell of Rockingham.
The Cabinet Card can be found here.
http://www.brattleborohistory.com/war/general-john-wolcott-phelps.html

I think from this information we can entertain the idea that the other Cabinet Card is his wife and his daughter.

19 comments:

  1. Caleb L. Howe, photographer, Union Block, Brattleboro, VT (worked 1860/5-1895) or his son, John C. (worked 1880-1895) appear to be the photographer.

    "Compleat story" here: http://brattleborohistory.com/merchant-manufacture/caleb-lysander-howe.html

    As to the mysterious folks... "During the last 20 years from 2,000 to 4,000 sittings have been made annually in the Howe studio." But as of 1910, "since 1876 a complete file of all negatives has been preserved." Maybe the list is still in existence.

    Once again, I'm astonished by how on target your photo dating is!

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  2. This site truly fascinates me! What a fabulous way to peek into the past! Thank you for sharing!!!

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  3. You know, now that you mention it, they do look related!

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  4. Yes, the young lady resembles the older man.

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  5. i love it. it is so.. surreal. o look at these pictures and they're so old. in the good way, i mean. it is fascinating.

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  6. It is like entering a time tunnel!!
    A lovely idea! Thanks for sharing your treasure with us.

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  7. I think I'd date these a little younger - maybe 1885-1890. Reason is the clothes. Women's fashions in the 1890s really went wide on the arms with big balloon sleeves and poufy trims and frills. These ladies dresses are more sleek, leading me to believe they are of the earlier decade.

    Secondly, is there any adornment on the back of the cabinet cards? The more adornment, the later in the century. Cabinet cards were popular basically between 1870-1900 and by the 1890s the backs had all sorts of culicues and floral scripts, etc.

    Norkio

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  8. I love your blog and also the comments that other people make regarding the history. I learn something every time. Thanks to all of you!

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  9. Loving these pictures, and this site in general. What a great idea! I will definitely be a frequent reader.

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  10. Glad someone came up with the name of the photo studio. Drives me nuts when I can't figure out the studio's name because they got clever with their type.

    I just had one solved today by AnyJazz from Lost Gallery. It's nice we all check-in on each other's photo sites and offer help.

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  11. this blog has unique photo i've never seen, thanks for sharing these photos

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  12. Norkio, Thanks for the input on the dress! Only the fronts of the Cabinet Cards were emailed to me..so I cannot answer your question.. Laurisa can you tell us if anything was on the back? :)

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  13. If anyone's interested, a photo of the Howe studio (above Peoples Nat'l Bank bldg.)can be found on the Brattleboro Historic Soc. web site:
    http://www.brattleborohistoricalsociety.org/historic_photos/view.php?rec_id=49

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  14. Fashion dating can be tricky; in some areas older women continued to make and wear styles ten years old due to economic and cultural factors. Otherwise, good use of the hints in the photos for accurate dating.

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  15. The elderly gentleman may be Gen. John Wolcott Phelps (1813 - 1885) who was born in Guilford, Vermont, served in the U. S. Army, and returned to live in Brattleboro for almost twenty years. There are other, known photographs of him that you can compare your cabinet card to, see them at http://www.brattleborohistory.com/war/general-john-wolcott-phelps.html

    Thomas St. John

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  16. Hi Thomas Saint John..yes I found the photo on that link. Thank you! :)

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  17. General John Wolcott Phelps (Nov. 13, 1813 - Feb. 2, 1885) had a colorful US Army career. His FindAGrave memorial gives a thumbnail biography. Nokio's dating is spot on - as the photo must predate Feb. 1885.

    http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=22672

    After a very unsuccessful run for US President in 1880, he married the much younger Anna Bardwell Davis nee Mattoon in 1883 at the age of 70. They lived in his birthplace, Guilford, Vermont where they had a son, John Phelps.

    Anna B Phelps (Aug. 15, 1851 - Oct. 9, 1938) was about 38 years younger.

    http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=38747458

    Their son was born about a year after General's married to Anna was named after his father, John Phelps (Apr. 8, 1884 - Feb. 6, 1957). The General died a little more than a year later.

    http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=38747537

    John Phelps, married a widowed woman nine years older than himself named Grace L. (Jul. 29, 1875 - Apr. 23, 1926)

    http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=38747586

    Grace had a daugther from her previous marriage named Grace Victoria Sankey (1902 - 1970), who apparently never married and is buried with her mother and all the others in Christ Church Cemetery, Guilford, Windham County, Vermont.

    http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=38747609

    I'm not sure who the women photographed are. One might be the General's wife (age about 34 years old in 1885). One might be his sister, Miss Helen M. Phelps.

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