Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Photo Number 150

Easter April 09, 1944, that is what is written in the back of these photos.  Someone took some photos of a baby.


It is hard to tell how old this woman is.  Is she the mother, or a favorite relative?  At any rate I bet that satin coverlet on the crib was a wonderful place to nap!  

I have just a few Easter related photos..so I will share them this week.
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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Photo Number 149

I was rummaging around in my huge box of photos..I noticed this one..and immediately recognized the children.  The kids who I call Bob and Joyce (Those names plus Grace's name is on the back of the photo, I have a feeling that these kids are relatives of Grace in Photo Number 51, I think perhaps I need to contact these people again..it has been over three months since I spoke with them on the phone..they sounded excited to meet with me to look through all the old photos..but I have heard nothing.)  Anyway back to Bob and Joyce.
I had originally featured them in photo number thirty ..today I will show you both photos again.  The first photo gave us their possible first names but no location.  This other photo has an imprint of a photography studio.  Mielenz Studio of Stanton, Nebraska.
Photo Number 149

They are cute kids,  Bob seems to be really protective of his little sister. I wonder what story book they were looking at?

Photo Number 30  Bob and Joyce
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*** Update*** 
March 31, 2010..this photo is headed home! :) 


Updates from Abra: 
I entered Joyce, born in Nebraska, living in Stanton County, with a sibling of Robert. The first hit was William J (46) & Louise M (36) Freiberg. They had children Robert (6) & Joyce ML (4-2/12). That seemed to fit with the picture, but I wasn't convinced yet.

I went back to Grace's census information and found that her mother's name was Louise. Hmmm, same name as the mother of the children, but none of her siblings were Louise. I then researched a family tree where Grace was listed. I searched for a Louise--there were many, including Grace's mother & grandmother, but also a sister, who had been listed by her full name of Louise Minnie Voge. The birthdates match up with the 1930 census. Although I couldn't find her listed as Louise in 1900 & 1910 (quite possibly she is Ella or Bertha--the names & birthdates are reversed from one census to the next). I find Louisa in 1920 living with her uncle, aunt & Grandmother Meyerhenry in Featherstone, Goodhue, MN. She is 26. I would guess she got married shortly therefter, as in the 1930 census she is listed as being married 10 years (her husband to be is in Fort Kittsop,WA in 1920). Many of the Voges were born in Nebraska, so it makes sense Louisa may have moved there and lived near relatives at some point,possibly because her husband had also been born there. ~Abra



 I was so excited, I did a bit more searching, being the Curious George that I am. Remember, Lucille (#3) was Walt Davison's niece (Walt is a brother-in-law to Esther, Esther a sister to Grace). Well, I always thought Lucille looked more like Esther, not Walter. I guess I didn't search closely enough last fall. Yesterday, I got to thinking--the records I found on Joyce and Bob's mom show she also sometimes went by the name Lucille. Hmm, so Lucille may be a Voge/Meyerhenry family name. I searched again, and it just so happens that Lucille's mother was also a Voge. Bertha was married to Floyd Davison, then her sister Esther married Walt Davison. Using that information, I am going to assume that Louise, who was also sometimes called Lucille, is the Ella in the 1900 & 1910 census.

I still have a hunch photo 1 and photo 37 are somehow related to this family (the Voges had several sisters). Also, although we had dated photo 1 to mid 1920s if I remember correctly, it could be much earlier, as my great-aunt married in 1914 and was wearing a somewhat similar head covering. Perhaps this is Bertha? The groom does look as though he could be related to Walt.

I sure hope you can regain contact with someone in this family, as it is a shame that these photos were somehow thought unimportant to someone. I know someone in the extended family out there would value them. We can continue to search for other family members if need be--I am sure there are many! (I sent contact info for Bob & Joyce to your email.)

Monday, March 29, 2010

Full Circle Three

Another success!  Another photo going home!! Here is the story on Photo Number 130.
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This is  Grandma Tjernlund with Ruth Lundin  and Tommy Lundin.  I did find Carl and Helen Lundin in 1938 at which time a girl named Ruth was a College student.  I will date this photo at 1918 based on that info.
The photographer was Waino Hirvela at Hirvela Studio in Ironwood, Mich.  I found a Bernard and Sigrid Tjernlund in Ironwood..they had two boys. .    It is just another one of those little mysteries..

This is the second photo that I have featured with a Grandmother and her Grandchildren..a wonderful tradition as far as I am concerned!  The children in this photo seem well dressed..as for Grandma..she looks like she is comfortable in her everyday clothing.  I purchased this photo in an Antique Shop in Park Rapids, Minnesota.
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***Update from Abra***
I think I have some of this mystery figured out. I found Ruth Lind, daughter of Carl and Olga, in both the 1920 and 1930 census in Ironwood. Using that information I followed this Ruth in a family tree, to pretty much figure out a lot of details. From what I have found, Ruth is still living, so I will spare some of those details until we can maybe make some sort of connection. She was born in 1918 and last lived in Antigo, WI--I can't be sure that is where she is now. I could not find any Tjernlunds, but when I went through the family tree information, It stated Olga was a Rhenlund (since this info was probably taken from the census, it's quite possible that it was just a misspelling or the name was changed somewhat over the years). I was able to come up with Olga in 1900 & 1910 with the spellings Reuland & Renlund In Ironwood. The reason Carl's wife is listed as Helen in 1938 is because Olga (Ruth's mother) passed away in 1931. Olga's mother's name was Mary (father was Erick), and I believe Mary's maiden name was Johnson. I believe it is Mary pictured in the photo. According to census information, Carl'sparents were Swedish, & Olga's parents were Finnish, but spoke Swedish.

The big mystery here is Tommy. I can't find him anywhere. There is no Tommy/Tom/Thomas Lundin that I could find that fits this age group in Michigan. If at some point we find Ruth, we may get that answer. My guess is that he may have passed shortly after this picture was taken. Since Ruth was 20 months in the 1920 census, I would guess this photo was taken somewhere in late 1919.



Update:  Abra sent me Ruth's Address and also  her son Donald's Address.. I mailed them each a letter with a wallet photo..IF I hear back from them I will mail them the original.  I also requested that they share a story or two.  I sent them this blogs web address..IF they stop by I hope they leave a comment.  

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March 27, 2010..I received a letter in the mail from Ruth ..the little girl in the photo. 
Dear Connie, Thank you for the photo. ( I sent a wallet size photo with the letter) This is Grandmother Anna Lundin with Cousin Ken Tjernland and Ruth Lundin.  I was probably One year old and Ken four years old.  Ken had a brother George, who was three years younger than I.  
In this Antique shop did you happen to see two large portraits of Anna and one of her husband Gustav in a large frame?  No one seems to know what happened to them. All Tjernland and Lundin family are deceased including Tom who was a half brother. 
I would appreciate it if you would send me the picture and my son and daughter would like to see them also.  Sincerely, Ruth


I will mail the photo to Ruth today!   This is a case of someone labeling a photo incorrectly..but with enough info for someone to contact the right people.  A big THANK YOU! to Abra for all her research, she is a vital link in getting these photos back where they belong!  I do frequent the Antique shop often where I got this photo and will look around and ask if there are any old large photos. 


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Sunday, March 28, 2010

Photo Number 147

Well, we finished the mens week!  Today I share this photo that made me laugh.  I loved that they had picked flowers and obviously the gal on the far left has never been a bride.  But the hat on that Granny is a hoot.  I have no idea when this was taken..I will guess sometime in the 1930's.
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Saturday, March 27, 2010

Photo Number 146

I was impressed with the presentation of this 1913 graduation photo. The photo is long, and the card folds to cover it, DI 1913 is on the front.  This photo was taken by Dworshak in Duluth, Minnesota.   This young man was one of seven men and eighteen women to graduate from Duluth Industrial High School.

 This photo is driving me nuts..as you all know this is the week I was featuring men, and this was one of the photos I chose.  Then I unchose it because I had a different one I wanted to share.  Then last night I was sorting through my boxes of old photos looking for photos with an Easter theme.. and I ran onto another one..it is in bad shape..this one is almost perfect.  Do- Do- Do- Do- I took it as a sign..that I needed to a little more research...what are the odds that I would pick up two of the same photos in the same Antique shop on different days?   The photo was speaking to me obviously.

Well now I am listening..and the speaking has stopped.  I did do some research..I found an email for a gal that has an "Oracle"( which I assume is a grouping of photos)  of the Class of 1913..her great aunt was also in this class.  I just wanted to identify my unknown.. The email came back ..undeliverable.  So I just sent a message to the manager of the site..we will see what develops.

I believe that this young mans name is John Hamilton Morgan.  Why?  Because in this box of old photos I have several Morgans..and I featured a Ed Morgan before..and a Morgan was in the Class list.  It was just a feeling...will we ever know??

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Friday, March 26, 2010

Photo Number 145



This is a photo that I got at an Antique Shop in Perham , Minnesota.  It is a Cabinet Card. There are no names on the back.  It could be  brothers..who knows?   The fellow on the right has an unusual bow tie..it is plaid..

I did find out a little about the photographer at Elite Studio.  His name was O H Mulvane he was located Over 6E Main in Lead, South Dakota.  Upstairs his neighbors were a Dentist and a Doctor...they were located above a Drug Store..at least that is what the 1909 list of businesses in Lead says.  Lead was quite a little gold mine..with the Homestake Mine putting it on the map in 1877.

I have a hard time making Miners out of these fellows..they look more like card sharks. I will date this photo at 1905.

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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Photo Number 144


This is a photo that I purchased in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota.  There is no photographers information or names on the back.  This gentleman had on a banker style detachable collar with a visible collar stud.  He is also sporting a hand tied cravat.  I thought he was interesting looking!   I think that this photo was probably taken around 1895 to 1900.

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Photo Number 143

Well this is either a wedding or a funeral. I got this photo in Perham, Minnesota. I think it might be a father and his son.

The older guy on the left has a floppy bow tie and a  pocket watch chain.   The watch chain is a Single Albert or a Half Albert, these were always worn with the T going through a buttonhole.  The watch chain serves as a fob to grab the watch from the pocket and also prevents it from falling out and breaking or getting lost.  Pocket watches were fairly expensive.

 The younger man on the right has no pocket watch visible, but he has a regular bow tie and a silky looking handkerchief in his pocket. I will date this photo at 1910.

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Photo Number 142

This is a damaged cabinet card.  I attempted to repair it several times and finally gave up..facial repairs are very difficult.   Anyway this gentleman has one of those ascots as his neckwear ..I think he has the look of a sailor.  I purchased this card in Perham, Minnesota.

The back of the card is an elaborate advertisement for the photographer, G A Werner of Marquette, Mich. Mr. Werner was in business there from 1889 to 1896.  So I will date this cabinet card at 1896.

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Monday, March 22, 2010

Photo Number 141

This fellow is all set to go out for the evening!   He is wearing one of those detachable stiff wing collars, complete with a white bow tie.  Very formal!  Some references call this collar a Wing Tip detachable..but from what I read Wing Detachable  is most correct.   These collars were always white, and always worn with a white shirt.  The collars were heavily starched and apparently quite tricky to get on without wrinkling them.  They were attached to the shirt with collar studs.

I got this photos at the Antique Shop in Perham, Minnesota.  I chose it because of the collar and the mustache!  Meddaugh was in Lead, South Dakota from 1862 to 1926.  I will date this cabinet card at 1900.
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Sunday, March 21, 2010

Photo Number 140

Today we will begin a week of photographs featuring men.  I believe I am gravitated toward photographs of women and children...but men should be appreciated too!   This is a cabinet card taken by Samuel Petri or Ernest Svenson at their studio in Minneapolis , Minnesota. They were in business there from 1894 to 1915.  I will date this photo at 1915.   He has a cool looking tie, it is one of the reasons that I chose this photo at the Antique Shop in Perham, Minnesota.  This young man will remain an unknown as the card is not marked with a name.

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One of my regular readers and commenters has begun an blog featuring her Gram's Recipe Box..you might want to check it out! :)

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Photo Number 139

Little girls, with matching lockets and dresses.  This is a very old photo..I suspect at one time it was a cabinet card, and someone cut it down to fit a picture frame.  It still has a scalloped or notched edge on one side. Notched edges were popular from 1894 to 1900.  There are no photographer names.  On the back there is writing in pencil..Mrs. Jen or Jim  Johnson 2308 W. 8th Str.  and then a bunch of stuff about Pillows.  There is a date Nov 24 and a number stamped in red 903 and ones in blue 4513 and 4514.  A whole lot of nothing..it is almost as if this photo was used to take notes on.

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Friday, March 19, 2010

Photo Number 138

This is the photo that I talked about yesterday, the same photographer TM Swem of Fargo ND, the same pose.  Taken about the same time 1900 to 1913.  This beautiful young woman is wearing a two pieces I believe, there are lots of design features going on here..large buttons, puffed and gathered sleeves, heavily pleated skirt..the lace trim and the lace undershirt or blouse..I wonder what color it was?  I am thinking blue, but it was probably beige..practical color beige.
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Thursday, March 18, 2010

Photo Number 137

This is a photo that I got in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota  at an Antique shop.  It was taken by TM Swem, he was a photographer in Fargo from 1900 to 1913.  I chose this photo because of the different style of the dress..which may actually be a skirt and a blouse that match. The material looks to be some kind of cotton..the one that has little nubby parts on it.  Tomorrow I have a photo with a similar pose..by the same photographer..but a different dress..and a different girl..perhaps they were sisters. We will never know as neither photos are marked.

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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Photo Number 136


Three little kids, at the Erickson Studio in Fargo, ND taken in 1903 to 1907.   Soren Erickson worked as a photographer with TM Swem another of the Fargo Photographers that we are familiar with.   In 1903 Mr. Erickson opened his own studio and it was known as Erickson Studio until 1907. In 1908 to 1910 it was known as Erickson's Photo Studio and as Erickson and Co in 1911.

I found this photo at an Antique Shop in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota.  I chose it because of the children and the bows in the little girls hair.   I think perhaps the littlest is a boy..what do you all think?  As dressed up as the little girls are..I believe that if the littlest was a girl she would be more dressed up..therefore I will boldly say it is a boy.

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Photo Number 135

This is a young gal graduating from Owatonna High School in 1902.  The photo was taken by George A Kamrath who was at the corner of North Cedar and Vines Streets in 1902.  This is written on the back side..
I found the Owatonna Alumni web site thinking for sure I would find the name.   The closest I can come is Sarah I Adams.  There were thirty students that year that graduated, twenty two of them were women, only one first name started with S.  I sent an email to the Alumni Association and asked them if they have a class photo with names..I have not heard anything back.   I think that this says Aunt Sare which may be a nickname....she was a Curtic girl.  No name even comes close on the class list, so I wonder if Aunt Sare got married and was known by her married name to who ever wrote on the back of the photo?   Another mystery.

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Monday, March 15, 2010

Photo Number 134


Recently I was in an Antique Shop in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota.  I went through a bunch of old photos very rapidly..choosing them for the dress styles..or for their hair styles..I chose this one..it was marked on the back.  Rev and Mrs Arthur Meilicke and Clement written in ink.  Written in pencil is Marie ( I thought this might be the Mrs. name, later I found out it was not. So it must have belonged to someone named Marie) I believe this photo was taken in 1901.  The Mrs. later learned to be Eugenia is wearing a broach or a locket with a photograph of an elderly man in it.  Clement has a heart shaped locket.

There was another photo that day, it was practically like brand new, incased in a wax paper like sleeve.  It had writing on the back..I did not read what..I just added it to my pile. 

Now what would the odds be that I would grab photos of the same family?  Taken a few years apart?  I realized this after I got home.  This is Rev and Mrs Arthur Meilicke, Eugenia Strehlow Meilicke, Clement and Myron. I believe this photo was taken in 1905.  Arthur has a star shaped pin in his lapel. Clement and Myron seem to be wearing matching clothing.  Clement has a collection of star pins and various buttons.

This is what I learned in a search.  Arthur was born in a log cabin on July 01, 1872 when his parents lived in Oak Ridge, Minnesota.  In 1878 his parents moved to Elba, Minnesota, then in 1882 they moved to Casselton , North Dakota.   Arthur went to the Moravian College and Theological Seminary in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.  He was ordained in Goshen, North Dakota.  He was called to Hector, Minnesota and then to Wisconsin Rapids.

He married Eugenia Strehlow on October 12, 1898 at Casselton , North Dakota.  I think that he probably met his future wife when his family moved there in 1882..perhaps they went to school together.  Casselton is not a very big "town."  Anyway they had five boys, three who lived.  Clement, Myron and Francis.

I believe that Clement graduated from Wisconsin Rapids High School in 1919.  He and Helen are in the 1930 census in Winnebago, Wisconsin.  Helen  died in 1992 in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.

Myron graduated from High School in 1923. I believe he also went on to the Moravian College in Pennsylvania.  I believe his son Myron Meilicke Jr. went to College in Colorado..he probably was instrumental in introducing Alpha Pie Omega to the Moravian Campus in 1959.

 I couldn't find anything out about Francis.

There must be relatives of these people out there someplace.  If they contact me, I am more than willing to mail them these photos.

I  would also like to encourage people, if you are searching for your relatives..keep doing searches every once in awhile on the Internet..someone may have shared something about your relatives on a blog!  I bet within a week or two these photos are headed home.
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**Update** March 31. 2010 
These photos are headed home..more details to follow soon:)  


****Update : May 31, 2010 
ameilicke left me this information..I do thank him for sharing what he knew about this family! 
Francis became a doctor and lived in Bethlehem, PA. My aunt Myrtle, now 106, lived with him and was a school teacher and eventually the Headmistress of the Moravian Prep school there. Carl Arthur is my great uncle. 


This photo is Full Circle 8 on July 14, 2010

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Photo Number 133

A wonderful photo of a young couple.  I was intrigued with this gals dress..and all the little pom-pom  things hanging from her dress.. I wonder if this was their wedding photo?

The photographer is C A Baklund of Willmar, Minn.  He was a photographer there from 1892 to 1895, then again in the years 1900, 1904, 1906 and 1912.  It seems as if some photographers wandered in and out of the business..doing other things for awhile to make ends meet.  I will guess that this one was taken sometime after 1900.

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Saturday, March 13, 2010

Photo Number 132

This is a cabinet card, but it has no photographers information.  I got this photo at an Antique Shop in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. I will guess that it is from around 1890.  Norkio may have some insight on this lady's clothing. I love the ruffles on her sleeves and a bow too, I was quite taken with her dress..I wonder what the buttons were made out of..bone?

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***Update from Norkio about the dress***Without seeing the back of the dress it's hard to date, but I'll say in general 1880-1890. There was a period of time between the Early Bustle and Late Bustle period that was called Natural Form (1877-1882) and did not feature the exaggerated backside. The view in this picture suggests the Natural Form because as we have seen in other photos, ladies wearing bustles often sat or stood in such a way as to show the bustle behind them. The skirt of this dress with all it's pleating looks to me like a skirt that has been altered from its original purpose. If it is a so-called natural form dress and the owner remade a bustle skirt, that would account for all the horizontal pleats. Frankly, it's unattractive to my eye what with that one big fold going right round her hips. The pleated trim at the edge of the over skirt suggests to me that it is a "repurposed" skirt, in particular it tends to drape down in the front, which is associated with the bustle aprons. The bodice doesn't really shout of any era. The hairstyle is rather generic as well. The lady may not have been of much means or have much interest in fashion.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Photo Number 131

This is a photo that was very damaged..it was torn and creased.  I fixed it!  This was probably in an beautiful oval frame at one time.  This lovely lady must have been old and forgotten.  There are two words written on the back Image and Detroit and some numbers.  This was in one of the boxes of old photos I purchased at an Antique Shop in Park Rapids, Minnesota. I will date this photo about 1910.

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Thursday, March 11, 2010

Photo Number 130

Ruth this is a photo of her, just over a year old, (born on 1918), and her cousin Kenneth Tjernlund, born in 1915. Their grandmother in the photo is Anna Lundin

This is  Grandma Tjernlund with Ruth Lundin  and Tommy Lundin.  I did find Carl and Helen Lundin in 1938 at which time a girl named Ruth was a College student.  I will date this photo at 1918 based on that info.
The photographer was Waino Hirvela at Hirvela Studio in Ironwood, Mich.  I found a Bernard and Sigrid Tjernlund in Ironwood..they had two boys. .    It is just another one of those little mysteries..
Update: This photo was not marked correctly. 

This is the second photo that I have featured with a Grandmother and her Grandchildren..a wonderful tradition as far as I am concerned!  The children in this photo seem well dressed..as for Grandma..she looks like she is comfortable in her everyday clothing.  I purchased this photo in an Antique Shop in Park Rapids, Minnesota.
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***Update from Abra***
I think I have some of this mystery figured out. I found Ruth Lind, daughter of Carl and Olga, in both the 1920 and 1930 census in Ironwood. Using that information I followed this Ruth in a family tree, to pretty much figure out a lot of details. From what I have found, Ruth is still living, so I will spare some of those details until we can maybe make some sort of connection. She was born in 1918 and last lived in Antigo, WI--I can't be sure that is where she is now. I could not find any Tjernlunds, but when I went through the family tree information, It stated Olga was a Rhenlund (since this info was probably taken from the census, it's quite possible that it was just a misspelling or the name was changed somewhat over the years). I was able to come up with Olga in 1900 & 1910 with the spellings Reuland & Renlund In Ironwood. The reason Carl's wife is listed as Helen in 1938 is because Olga (Ruth's mother) passed away in 1931. Olga's mother's name was Mary (father was Erick), and I believe Mary's maiden name was Johnson. I believe it is Mary pictured in the photo. According to census information, Carl'sparents were Swedish, & Olga's parents were Finnish, but spoke Swedish.

The big mystery here is Tommy. I can't find him anywhere. There is no Tommy/Tom/Thomas Lundin that I could find that fits this age group in Michigan. If at some point we find Ruth, we may get that answer. My guess is that he may have passed shortly after this picture was taken. Since Ruth was 20 months in the 1920 census, I would guess this photo was taken somewhere in late 1919.



Update:  Abra sent me Ruth's Address and also  her son Donald's Address.. I mailed them each a letter with a wallet photo..IF I hear back from them I will mail them the original.  I also requested that they share a story or two.  I sent them this blogs web address..IF they stop by I hope they leave a comment.  

Update from Ruths Family:
According to Ruth this is a photo of her, just over a year old, (born on 1918), and her cousin Kenneth Tjernlund, born in 1915. Their grandmother in the photo is Anna Lundin

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Photo Number 129

This is Einar.   I love his haircut and the sailer inspired suit he is wearing.  The bench he is posing on is a beautiful piece of furniture. I am not sure what to call it ..a bench?  If anyone has seem anything like this before please share your knowledge!

The photographer was Brainard F. Childs he was a Premier Photo Artist in the UP of Michigan.  He started his studio there in the 1860's in Ishpeming.   I think this photo is much later than that probably around 1900, this is a Cabinet Card that I purchased in an Antique Shop in Park Rapids, Minnesota at one of my favorite shops run by a classmate of mine that I have known since the first grade.

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On February 1, 2012 this photo became Full Circle 45.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Photo Number 128


Look at these little ones..all dressed up for the winter!  They are obviously part of a well to do family.  This photo was taken at Swen (corrected to Swem)  in Fargo North Dakota. ..I couldn't find out anything about the photographer. There are no names on this photo..beautiful children with no names..at least not known to us.   I found this photo in an Antique Shop in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota.  I will guess that this photo was taken sometime around 1920.

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**Correction**
It is Swem  Photographers.  TM Swem more than likely, he had a business in Fargo North Dakota from 1900 to 1913.  So we can date this photo much earlier than I guessed:) 

Monday, March 8, 2010

Photo Number 127


A mother and her daughters most likely.  They have a Border Collie, of course the dog did not hold still. They also made the poor little girl in the front get on her knees..she must have been quite tall. Interesting that all four dresses are different.   This is a post card..just a generic one..so there is no way to date this photo..except to guess..I will guess 1910.  I got this card in an Antique shop in Park Rapids, Minnesota.
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Sunday, March 7, 2010

Photo Number 126

This is Elva.  She is in front of The Kurz Bros Meats and Groceries and there is a Millinery Shop in the background.  I thought this was a perfect photo to show right after all those hats that we enjoyed this past week.  I was never in a Millinery Shop..but I do remember hat sections in some of the womens better ( fancy) stores with all the hats on their little display hooks.. and large mirrors..so you could see yourself from many angles.

I did a search for Kurz Brothers..I found them in Omaha Nebraska..if this is their store..Omaha had dirt streets..hard for me to imagine.  Our daughter lived in a suburb of Omaha for a number of years, so we visited   there often.

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***Update from Abra*** Some speculation that might make some sense!! 
The 1900 census has a George Kurz, occupation butcher, living at 1131 North 17th Street in Omaha, confirming the probability of this being Omaha. I think it was a multiple family dwelling (apartments/divided living quarters), as there are two other families listed with that address, but they are listed as separate heads of household/family numbers. George is married, and besides his wife, there are 6 living children (Augusta is stated to be mother to 8, so two died previously). There are no Elvas or anything close. There is another married couple without children, and a married couple David & Ida High, with two children, a boy Lyle and a girl named Elba(age 5). I am curious if this could be the same girl, just because the 'b' & 'v' sound was often interchanged, especially in people with thick German accents? Of course there is really no way to know, for sure. By 1910, George the butcher has had one more child, his wife has passed (or left), he is remarried for 2 years, and now lives on Lafayette Avenue. Since he is no longer a neighbor to little Elba High, I searched for her. I couldn't find an Elba or Elva High in the 1910 census, nor her parents. However, I did find a married 'Elva' Bahr (husband Frank) in 1920, with her mother, Ida High, living with her and her husband. I can't find them anywhere in 1910 or 1930, and the SS Index lists her as Elba Bahr once again.

Is it a coincidence that little Elba was a neighbor to the butcher George Kurz, and that in one census she is identified as Elva, the same as the photo was labeled of the little girl outside Kurz brothers Meats & Groceries? By the way, I could find no other Kurz 'brothers' living in Omaha at the time, though there was a widowed Kurz living on South 17th Street. Perhaps the husband of the widow had been the other Kurz brother. Who knows? 

So this could be our Elva in 1905..Elva High Bahr or Elba High Bahr?  Possibly!  Thanks Abra! :) 

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Photo Number 125

This is Lulu in 1883..she has beautiful eyes.  This is the last of the hat photos..it was a fun week..Thanks Norkio for sharing!
Chas P. Homrigs Art Gallery in Lafayette, Indiana was the photographer. This is also a CdV or a Cartes-de-visite. This is the opposite side of the CdV.. a great place to advertise and mark your photo.
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Friday, March 5, 2010

Photo Number 124

This is another beautiful CdV from Norkio.  It was taken by William Venmore..he was a photographer in the year 1900 in Liverpool, UK.  This is quite a large hat..it looks heavy to me..I wonder if their necks got tired?
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Thursday, March 4, 2010

Photo Number 123

This gal has a great hat, but terribly short hair..do you suppose it is all piled up underneath that hat?  This is another foreign CdV.   I searched for E Denney.. he was a photographer that took some photographs  after a disastrous winter storm ravaged through Devon, Cornwall and West Somerset on the night of March 9, 1891. Exeter and Teignmouth are two little villages seventeen miles away from each other, Teignmouth is a seaside village.  I am still confused about the correct way to describe this location.. is it Great Britain, the UK or just England? Confusing .. I wonder who brought this CdV over the pond..perhaps this beautiful young lady herself, or perhaps a suitor tucked it safely in his trunk.
This is another of the photos that Norkio so graciously shared this week!
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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Photo Number 122

I thought this one looked foreign, it is also a CdV or a Cartes-de-visite. They measure 2 1/2 inches by 4 inches and were popular during the 1850's to 1900's.  Calling cards..I believe that if you visited someone you also left them your CdV in a bowl or basket in the foyer..pretty fancy stuff.
This is a beautiful photo, I cannot say for certain how old it is.. but the photographer was Bleasdale, at Ormskirk Rd. Preston.   This would be in North West England in Lancashire.
Thanks Norkio for sharing another great photo!
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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Photo Number 121

I believe this one is all about the fingerless gloves..however she does have a tiny little hat. LamSon was in Portland Maine from 1900 to 1905.  His first name is never found ( perhaps  he was really a she?).  LamSon photographed many schooners off the coast of Maine.  This is a CdV that Norkio kindly shared!

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Monday, March 1, 2010

Photo Number 120

This morning I had the nicest email from Norkio..with these great photos of ladies in hats..I found them very interesting..so we will begin a week of ladies and their hats! Thanks Norkio!

This is a real photo postcard, it is a PMO postcard so that means it is from 1907 to 1915.  These gals are really dressed up..and the lace collar on the gal on the left is very large and ornate..beautiful!
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