Saturday, November 27, 2010

Photo Number 383

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This is a beautiful photograph of a bride.  This photo was found behind another photo in a second hand shop.  Right now it belongs to Joan from North Carolina.  She would like to return it to relatives if possible.  The photographer was Colonel Theodore C. Marceau of 258 Fifth Avenue, New York.  He opened his studio on December 29 1901, it was said to be one of the finest and most perfectly appointed in the country. ( It must have been a fancy place.)
unknown photo back jgk The back of the photo
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J G Velsack (or Velsaek)edited to Vilsack  North Nigley + Bryant  Carved for Rising Top ??
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Friday the 11 of May only happened in 1906 and 1917.
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This is upside down but it says 6 Full length #4
I have not had time to research the name..but I think that this photo was taken in 1906.

Thanks for stopping by, do come again:)

Updates from Iggy: 
Joseph G Vilsack was the President of the Aliquippa Steel Co., Pittsburgh.

"Joseph G Vilsack, second son in the family of Leopold Vilsack was born in Pittsburg and married Stella Brennen, a daughter of John Brennen and wife. By this union the issue was John Edward, Louise Marie, Dorothy Claire, Joseph G Jr, and Kenneth Frank."

Joseph G Vilsack's brother, Leopold W Vilsack was born in Pittsburgh February 6 1872. Mr Vilsack is a jeweler by trade and was in the jewelry business in Fifth Avenue, New York for 18 years starting in 1893. His early education was obtained at St Augustine's parochial school of Pittsburgh and in Holy Cross College. He then served an apprenticeship at his trade after which he went into business. He married Nellie M Vetter, daughter of John Vetter and wife on October 6, 1895. Their children are Leo (b. Jul 1896), Virginia (b. Feb 1898), Pauline, Mercedes (1903-2000) and Robert.

William J. Schofield Jr. (b. Feb 1898) and Pauline Vilsack married. Mercedes does not appear to have married.



Update: This evening Iggy located a name, address and phone number for a relative.  That information has been passed onto Joan so that she can contact the people since she has the photo.   I will update you as more information becomes available:) 


December 11, 2010 This Photo is now Full Circle 14

23 comments:

  1. What a stunning bride. I can just imagine the joy a family member would have at being reunited with this photograph.

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  2. I believe the address is North Negley and Bryant, Pittsburgh, PA.

    There is a J G Vilsack, born abt 1884, living in Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania in 1910.

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  3. Fantastic site, glad I came across this.

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  4. i absolutely love your blog. i have always loved to look through old pictures like the ones you post and wonder about their lives. what you do is amazing, and you deserve a high five!

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  5. Joseph G Vilsack was the President of the Aliquippa Steel Co., Pittsburgh.

    "The Aliquippa Steel Company was organized in 1892, The general offices are located at No. 512-513 Times Building, Pittsburg, and the plant covers fifteen acres of land at Aliquippa. They manufacture open hearth and crucible steel and make tool steel for all purposes, principally for circular saws, disks and cross cut saws. The plant consists of three buildings and a boiler house. The works employ three hundred and fifty men, and run all of the time."

    "Joseph G Vilsack, second son in the family of Leopold Vilsack was born in Pittsburg and married Stella Brennen, a daughter of John Brennen and wife. By this union the issue was John Edward, Louise Marie, Dorothy Claire, Joseph G Jr, and Kenneth Frank."

    Source - "A century and a half of Pittsburg and her people, Volume 4 By Lewis Publishing Company"

    I think the "Carved for Rising Top" was "Carried by [name of courier]" I'm not convinced the scribbling below is a date. I am thinking it is "Fond(l)y [smiley face] Amy/Ncy/May" :)

    Now - was this photo given to J. G. by the bride and if so, what was her relationship to him? If the picture was "hand delivered" it would imply it was sent from near-ish by.

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  6. The fifth avenue connection...

    Joseph G Vilsack's brother, Leopold W Vilsack was born in Pittsburgh February 6 1872. Mr Vilsack is a jeweler by trade and was in the jewelry business in Fifth Avenue, New York for 18 years starting in 1893. His early education was obtained at St Augustine's parochial school of Pittsburgh and in Holy Cross College. He then served an apprenticeship at his trade after which he went into business. He married Nellie M Vetter, daughter of John Vetter and wife on October 6, 1895. Their children are Leo (b. Jul 1896), Virginia (b. Feb 1898), Pauline, Mercedes (1903-2000) and Robert.

    William J. Schofield Jr. (b. Feb 1898) and Pauline Vilsack married. Mercedes does not appear to have married.

    I'm thinking the bride was one of Leo's married daughters. :)

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  7. Lots of fantastic research appearing in the comments above I notice which is great. Beautiful photo of a stunning bride.

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  8. This is so beautiful! I really love her gown. I bet when this photo is returned they will be very happy!

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  9. So do you think this is either Virginia, Pauline, or Mercedes?

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  10. I am absolutely amazed by the information provided about "my" photo. Thank you so much, everyone. What a wonderful blog to provide such results!

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  11. Maybelline..I have no idea...we will just have to wait and see. It could have been a family friend.
    Joan..I sent you an email with the contact info..good luck!
    Iggy..Thanks you are a great researcher!

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  12. Should I collect old photos for you from my prairie state? I find them all the time at estate sales and am so sad they have no home or any one to care about these people any longer.
    Thank you for rescuing these lovely people's memory.

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  13. Photos that have been long like this, look more artistic, not only history that is contained therein. but the value of high art. great post.

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  14. She is a lovely bride. And great work, Iggy!

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  15. Thank you, Far Side. Thank you, Iggy. I am very happy to report the photo has been reunited with descendants of the Vilsack family.

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  16. Hi Joan! Great! Did they share any info about this beautiful bride for a Full Circle post? :)

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  17. Mr Schofield emailed me this morning and said the family believes the photo is of Nellie Vetter, who married Leopold Vilsack in 1895. The Schofields are descended through their daughter, Pauline. Happy ending!

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  18. Thanks for the info Joan..I will do a Full Circle Post on it soon. :)

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