Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Full Circle 13

I find it quite fitting that our thirteenth full circle was a really lucky one, one out of the blue,  one of those it was meant to be things!
I was contacted by email after this photo was featured.
Hair thingys
My sister sent me a link to your Photo #377…. and we think it is our Grandmother, Julia Formella Lanzel. I have attached a photo of her. What do you think? She lived in La Crosse, Wisconsin. She passed away a few years ago, in her 90’s. She was quite a character. Wondering where you acquired the photo. Thanks for posting.
Regards, Charlene
JuliaFormellaLanzel Julia Formella Lanzel
I wrote back saying that the photo was purchased at an Antique Shop in Dorset, Minnesota or at a garage sale in Park Rapids, Minnesota.  I told her that I thought it was a match and that I would like to feature her old photo on my blog and let the readers give their opinion.  The next day I wrote a blog post called Second Look at Photo 377.

Hi Connie,
Thanks for getting back to me! Go ahead and use my picture on your blog.
The more I look at this photo, the more I know it is my Grandmother, Julia Formella. When my sister Katie first saw the photo she said she got goose bumps! I just contacted one of Julia’s daughters, my Aunt Betty, and she also thinks it is her mother. She thinks Julia was about 16 when this photo was taken. Julia was born in 1909, so that means the photo was probably taken around 1925. She had family in St. Paul, so I can see how the photo ended up in Northern MN. Julia was very “fetching” and married my Grandfather, Anthony Lanzel, when she was just 17. He was much older (35)… and a friend of her Father. They had 12 children together, and 44 grandchildren. She loved fishing at her boathouse on the Mississippi River and was famous for her Friday night “happy hours” at home with her family in La Crosse, WI.
I had never seen your blog before… but now I am a big fan! I’ll be checking back.

Then she wrote again after she received the photo!

Hello Connie,
Thanks so much for sending me Photo #377. It is beautiful, and it sure was fun for our family to compare with the photo of my Grandmother over the Thanksgiving holiday. As a portrait artist, who is accustomed to scrutinizing features, I do not see any differences in the features. The teeth would be a dead giveaway... and they are a match. I am convinced it's my Grandmother Julia. Most of the people who have seen the two photos also think it's a match. Of course, there are a few who disagree. I guess there will never be a way to know if it is our Julia for sure, but thanks for an interesting addition to our family history!

Warm Regards, Charlene

I am always thrilled to reunite a family with an old photo..and this was one that I never expected to go anyplace. The journey back to family was certainly meant to be, and I was happy to be a part of it.

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Update from Katie:
Hello, I am Charlene's sister, the one who first saw the photo. I happened to be looking for a different blog and saw your site featured on Blogspot. Since I love old photos I thought I would pop over and see what this site was about. Like Charlene said, when I saw the familiar eyes of my Grandma, I got goosebumps! What are the chances of coming to a site that I have never been to before and have a relative featured on that day?!?!? It is a special treat to have this photo to add to our family history. I am glad to have been a part of the "reunion". I look forward to enjoying many more of your photos from the past.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Photo Number 385

This is another tintype from Joan.  Tintypes were popular from 1856 to 1900. They reached their height of popularity around 1890. Tintypes are not actually tin but a sheet of thin iron.  Tintypes were the very first almost instant photograph, they were a fast and affordable way to mark a special occasion. They could be mailed and they could be carried in your pocket without fear of glass breakage like with daguerreotypes or ambrotypes. 

M1Mens fashions didn’t change like womens fashions..this bowler or derby hat was popular from 1849 and continued well into the 1900’s. I looked online at other tintypes..and found several with the same hat and a similar suit that were dated 1890.


Are his hands bandaged?  Is the bandage going between his fingers of his left hand and up his arm..is his right hand bandaged also or is it just blurry from moving it?   He doesn’t look big enough to be a fighter..as in using his fists.  Did he sustain an injury or was he ill? 

Thanks Joan for sharing your very interesting photos with me!

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Sunday, November 28, 2010

Photo Number 384

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This is another mysterious photo that Joan shared with me.  It was amongst her families old photos but it was not marked with names.  So it remains an unknown. 

What do you think the branches symbolize if anything? I have one idea..but it might be far fetched.  These are very large compound leaves with an opposite arrangement on the stem.  This makes it highly probably that they are some kind of Ash leaves..or at least some kind of leaf in the Oleacea Family..perhaps they are Olive leaves or branches ( which grow in California)?

Maybe this photo was taken in California..maybe it wasn’t.  Perhaps the branches are just branches and they don’t have anything to do with peace and contentment.

My thought is this:  Two brothers had a feud.  They both went to California where met up and buried the hatchet, struck gold while working a claim together and had this photo taken to send back to their ageing Mother. Now what do you think?

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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.

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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

Friday, November 26, 2010

Photo Number 382

Tracy Panna, Ill.
This is a CdV or a Cartes d’ visite that Laurisa shared with me.  The Photographer is Tracy of Pana, Ill.
This ladies head covering has been driving me nuts..at first I thought it was a bonnet. Then I decided that it may be a one of a kind design..after I searched hundreds of images trying to find something similar. As far as I can tell it has some feathers? and a head band of sorts and the whole thing has a huge tie that she so beautifully ties under her chin. 
Her dress is unremarkable..plain and simple is all we see.  Her ears stick out and they are not covered..so that leads me to think that this photo is not from the early 1860’s but it possibly could be from the later 1860’s. Some younger women began to uncover their ears in 1865 and 1866. Perhaps someone else has an opinion on this one!  Since the photographer wasn't born until 1857 it seems that this photo was probably taken in the 1890's. 

Thank you Laurisa for sharing your wonderful photographs!  Tomorrow we will begin looking at some interesting photographs that Joan emailed me. 

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Update from Norkio : 
Well, the shoulder seams are the first clue on dating a dress as being from the 1860s or not. In this case, the seams are up near the natural shoulder so this dress is not from the 60s, as the style that dominated was the dropped shoulder seam. I don't think I've seen an example of a dress from that era that has any other type of shoulder seam, honestly.

The hat is the type that sits sort of atop the hairstyle. It may have a small brim or even a folded brim in the back to accommodate hair. One clue for you is when the hats are small the skirts are big and vice versa. So, I'd conclude this photo is of the time when skirts were full, such as either bustle period or Belle Epoch 1890s.

Update from Iggy: 
I can't determine when he was active as a photographer. But the 1900 US Census shows C B Tracy (Photographer) born in Aug-1857 married in 1883 to Carrie A. Tracy born in Feb-1860.

It seems that many of Laurisa's photos were from the 1885-1895s and this one would date to the same time period.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Photo Number 381

Taken Nov. 25 1898
This is a Cabinet Card  that Laurisa so kindly shared with me.  The Photographer is A J Schillare of Northampton, Mass.
backing to Taken Nov. 25 1898
I have messed with the dark backing on the cabinet card to make it easier to read.

I believe it says: For Bro Wm x his Minnie x Then Charlotte  Taken Nov 25 1898

I can never pass up a photo with a date..especially one that was taken exactly 112 years ago.

I would like to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving, full of food and family, I am thankful for you the faithful readers and commenter's that make this blog an absolute joy to write.

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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Photos Number 380

Shartford Conn. De Lamater & Son De Lamater
These are two of Laurisa’s photos from Alabama.  Since they are both from the same photographer De Lamater of Hartford, Conn.  Perhaps they are related?? 
The ladies photo is the oldest, possibly from around 1885.  She has a beautifully ornate blouse or gown with an unusual clip at her throat. 
De Lamater
The gentlemans photo was taken later, how much later I am not sure..some time after RS De Lamater took his son into his business as that one is marked De Lamater and Son.  I will guess around 1900.  I found references to his son joining his business but no date.
These are both Cabinet Cards.

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Update from Iggy : De Lamaters son joined him in business in 1890. 

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.
Brattleboro, VT.
Also Home
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.

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

Monday, November 22, 2010

Photo Number 378

This week we are going to have a look at some photos that belong to Forgotten Old Photos Blog reader Laurisa from the great state of Alabama! These are photos that her Grandfather gave her.
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Along this street on the right are these signs, Dr RL Ready(?) Dentist, Dentist, St Francis Hotel Rooms Rooms,  Wells Fargo Company, Bowling Pool, Bowling,  Sample Shoes and on the side of the tall building it says Victor Building Offices.  It probably also says VICTOR BLDG on top of the building..maybe. In the top photo on the left side the only building with a sign that I can read is one called the Palace.
This photo is very faded, but I was able to enlarge the less damaged side for you to see in greater detail.  I think it is a marvelous one of a kind photo.  There are streetcar rails in the street and there is one heck of a parade going on.
I am not sure but this might be Washington, DC on September 17, 1919 the day of the Victory Day Parade after WWI was over and General Pershing visited our Nations Capitol. This photo just bursts with patriotism, all the flags and people sitting in the window ledges..it must have been quite a sight to see.
Any input or opinions on this photo are appreciated!  Thanks Laurisa for sharing!

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Update:  Info from Iggy..this is Kansas City, Missouri. 

Update from : You'll never meet me:  The Flags in the photo appear to match flags from 1896 to 1908.

Update from Iggy:  This photo was taken July 20, 1923.  French General Henri Joseph Eugene Gouraud was visiting, he was the General in charge of the Kansas Troops that were part of the Rainbow Division.  The Rosedale Memorial Arch Ground Breaking Ceremony and PARADE were held that same day.  You can read more about it here. 
As for the flags..perhaps they used every flag they could get their hands on..or used School House Flags like Iggy suggested.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Second Look at Photo Number 377

Sometimes we have to go backwards before we can go forward. This is a photo that I featured earlier in this week of woman and their hair and things in their hair.
Hair thingys
This photo was not marked with a name. There was no photographers name or mark. Guess what?  You are never going to believe this! Someone recognized this photo and contacted me by email..they believe it is their Grandmother Julia. They emailed me a photo of their Julia. Have a look at the photo below.
JuliaFormellaLanzel What do you think? I believe that we have our very first honest to goodness match right out of the blue!  Julia was born in 1909 and this photo was taken when she was about 16 years old in 1925.  So what is the verdict readers? Is it a match?
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Update: I believe it is a match also and I will mail it out in the morning:) 

This photo went Full Circle on November 30, 2010. You can read about it at Full Circle Number Thirteen! 

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Full Circle 12

When a photo is returned to a family and I have heard back from them that they have received the photo I always write a Full Circle post.  Recently I returned Arthurs Photo to his grandson Jon.
PR Antiques Arthur M Wisness 1918 Arthur Wisness
This is what Jon wrote:
Thanks so much for sending the photograph of my grandfather. My cousins and sisters and my mother have been to your blog and are very excited to see the photo.
Arthur and Rose had two children, Osmund Wisness who was a doctor and is now 90 years old. He was married to Jane and they had 5 children, Steve, Craig, Mark, Paula, and Barbara. And my mother Sylvia Wisness who is now 80 and married to David Storvick and had 3 children, Kristin, Jon, and Sarah.
As far as the war photo goes Arthur was a clarinet player in the army band, he did not see combat. My favorite memories were visiting on holidays and listening to Arthur play the piano, he was a fabulous piano player and could improvise and play ragtime and show tunes. He was a music teacher and later a superintendent of schools. He died while I was in grade school.
Thanks again.......................Jon
As always it is a pleasure to reunite a photograph with family…I just love that part! Iggy was instrumental in this reunion..he found me the phone number..I called and left a message..can you imagine what you would do if a stranger called you and said “ Hi, My name is Connie and I think I have an old photograph of your Grandfather.”  Luckily Jon returned my call a day or two later.
I would like to add that Arthur has the most beautiful eyes I have ever seen in an old photo.
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Update: November 26, 2010 I received a lovely letter from Arthur's daughter Sylvia. Here is part of what she wrote:
Dear Connie, I am thrilled to see the picture of my father, Arthur Wisness in Army Uniform in 1918. He played clarinet in the Army Band, he was an educator in the public schools. My daughter Kristin sent copies of the picture to Osmund's children.  I plan to frame this photo and give it to my son Jon, he was so excited!  Many Thanks, Sylvia 

Friday, November 19, 2010

Photo Number 377

Hair thingys
I am not sure when this photo was taken, I will guess 1930.  What do you think?  She has a beautiful mantilla style comb in her hair. It appears that she is wearing some off the shoulder creation with some stiff netting.  I cannot figure out what the purpose of that rose is…other than it is distracting.

There are no marks of any kind on this photograph. Thanks for stopping by, do come again:)
This photo went Full Circle on November 30, 2010.  You can read about it at Full Circle Number Thirteen! 

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Photo Number 376

Postcard Azo Triangles up and down WFM

This Real Photo Postcard is a nice addition to my photos that are showcasing hair and people with “things” in their hair.  In this instance it is a beautiful little girl..perhaps 7 or 8 years old with a big old bow in her hair.  I purchased this postcard at a local Flea Market.

Clayton Kregal was the photographer, he had a business called Kregal Photo Parlors Twin Cities.  He had multiple addresses in Minneapolis and St. Paul from 1910 to 1917.  I will choose the 1917 date for this photo.  Kregal offered a ten minute photographic postcard service to his clients. Back then it must have really been something to have your photograph taken and ten minutes later hold the postcard in your hand.

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Photo Number 375

Gouple  and Child group Royalton Antique Shop

This must be a family.. Father and Mother and child. We have many extremes here between the mothers many finger waves and that one “out of place” pin curl ( it must have been very in fashion) and the little girls haircut with the lopped off bangs. The Mothers flapper style dress with a single string of pearls..and the little girls bared shoulders in some kind of frothy creation, which I see as seafoam green..because I see the little girl as a red head. What do you see?

This is a photo with no markings other than the photographer who was Chris Raven of Wadena, Minnesota.  He was in business from 1912 to 1914, and then during 1918 and 1922.  I will pick the 1922 date for this photograph, I believe it is a good fit for the 1920’s.  Photographers often moved from place to place..at least in Minnesota. Apparently photography was a hard business to become established in, but these young men and women kept trying.  I purchased this photo in an Antique Shop in Royalton, Minnesota.

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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Photo Number 374

Miss clara Solway twoThis is a photo from 1888 to 1900.  This is a cabinet card, named such as it was usually put in a cabinet. Cabinet cards usually measure 4 and 1/4 by 6 and 1/2 inches. I call this Miss Clara with a little frizz and a pin curl. She also appears to have a barrette in her hair and a huge bow at the back of her head.
Miss Clara Solway one
This is the back of the photo.  I believe it says Miss Clara Frech.  I found two young ladies in the 1880 census at Columbus Ohio in Franklin County.  John and Rosa’s daughter Clara who was ten, and Albert (a bartender) and Mary’s daughter who was eight. Both families were of Bavarian decent. 
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I would like to thank the Blogger Team for selecting Forgotten Old Photos as their Blog of Note on November 15, 2010.  It was an honor that I did not expect, but one that I do appreciate!!  The main goal of this blog has always been to look at old photos and reunite them with their family when ever possible.  I would also like to thank Abra, Norkio and Iggy whose research skills and expertise make my labor of love with these old photos successful. I would like to welcome all the new followers, your comments are always appreciated:)
Update: A Family tree was found listing Clara..both of them.  I sent off an email to the Family Tree Owner. I am waiting to hear from them…Thanks Iggy for the lead! :)
I heard from Mike:
My grandmother was a Frech and so that is where Clara comes in at. There are 2 Clara Frechs in the line. One being born in Aug 1869 to John Jospeh and Rose and then the other Clara born Dec 1879 to Albert and Mary. Albert was my Great Grandfather. He was indeed a bartender. My initial guess is that She is the later one born in 1879. That would put her in the 8-12 age group for this incredible photo and that would fit. Its funny because not long ago, I had someone email me a listing on ebay with an old Christmas card with Clara's signature on it. WOW this is awesome to see such a great photo. Thank you for sharing. I will email you my mailing address :-)
Wow This was one of the fastest identifications ever..Miss Clara is going home:)

This photo went Full Circle 16 on December 13, 2010

Monday, November 15, 2010

Photo Number 373

gal with hair CdV
This week we we look at some women and their hair and some things that they wore in their hair.  Hair styles certainly have changed.  This is a CdV that I purchased recently.  I was taken with her strange hairstyle, all the waves that ended in pin curls on her forehead, then she added a headband and a braid at the back of her head. She seems very confidant. 
Gal with hair back of CdV This is the back of the CdV.  John H. Oleson was only at this address from 1880 to 1881. He died in 1881 and his wife took over for him.   I believe we can safely date this photo as early 1880’s.

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Update : Thanks to Norkio! 
Natural Form dress (1877-1882). The dresses lost the bustle and accented a woman's "natural" shape, although with a corset underneath. Long bodices and hobble style skirts that hugged the legs were all the rage.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Photo Number 372

Army Guys WWI PR

This is the last photo I will feature in this series.  A group of WWI soldiers posing with their rifles. I purchased this at an Antique shop near Dorset, Minnesota. 

It has been a good week on The Forgotten Old Photos Blog.

Iggy was able to visit the grave site of one of our Veterans. Check out the photograph at Photo Number 367. Thanks Iggy!

Photo Number 366 is headed home to family, I will write a full circle post when I hear back from them.

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Saturday, November 13, 2010

Photo Number 371

WW2 Dad and Kids

This is a WWII era Army Soldier with some stair step children.  It looks like one of each plus one or the other.  Military life is sometimes difficult for families and especially for children.

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Friday, November 12, 2010

Photo Number 370

Foreign soldier Lake Park Antiques

This is a 1916 photograph.  I believe this photo is foreign.  Perhaps someone will recognize the uniform.  The photo is signed Briger 1916 and there is another smaller signature in pencil.

Foreign soldier Lake Park Antiques

I purchased this photograph at an Antique Shop in Lake Park, Minnesota.

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Last evening I received a phone call from a grandson of Arthur Wisness Photo Number 366. Tomorrow that photo is headed back to family.  It was a lovely way for me to make a tiny difference concerning a Veteran on Veterans Day:)

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Photo Number 369


Meet Jack again! This is Photo Number 21 that I featured November 11th last year.  This photo was in the big box of photos that I originally purchased.  I have had a whole year to go through the old photos in that big old box. I found two more photos that just might be Jack.  It appeared that Jack had been in a hospital..US 28 General Hospital Ward 41 Fort Sheridan, Ill.

Soldier without a leg

Do you think that this looks like Jack?  This photograph bothered me for a long time..why would someone send a photo of a soldier in a hospital bed..and what was his injury ..he looks pretty good to me.  Do you notice anything else? Look closely.

Fisherman without a leg I think that all three of these photos are the same young man. Jack..just one of many of the forgotten old soldiers.

Happy Veterans Day! If you are a veteran I thank you for your service to our country:)

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Photo Number 368

Army Soldier Lake Park Antiques

I purchased this photo at an Antique Shop near Lake Park, Minnesota.  It is marked only with the name of the photographer, Newcomb of Alexandria, La.  So this one is another Forgotten Old Army Soldier.

This is a typical folder that was in use during the early 1940’s.  I call it art deco, it is all about the lines that show off the photo in the folder.

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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Photo Number 367

From peter Ice Cream Shop in Motley

This is Peter, he was in the Army Air Force during WWII.

From Peter back of photo Motley 

This is the info that Iggy found out about Peter. Thanks Iggy!!

Peter's name is Lithuanian.
Stubovage, Peter J.
Date of Birth: 02-Jul-1910
Date of Death: 12-Jun-1971
Scerbavicius: Sgt AAF WWII
He is buried in St. Vincent & St. Louis Cemeteries, Girardville, PA. His family changed their names from Scerbavicius to Stubovage, presumably when they moved from Lithuania (Poland and Russia disputed territory).  The census taker in 1920 recorded their name as Stutovage.
Peter's father was Dominikas Scerbavicius (b. 1870 in "Russia", d. 1956) and his mother was Anna Scerbavicius (b. 1883 in "Russia", d. 1948).  Peter had two brothers, Adam Scerbavicius (b. 30 Sep 1900 in "Russia" d. Jun 1968) and Dominic G (Jr.) Stubovage (ex-Scerbavicius) (b. 04 Aug 1905 born in "Russia" and changed his name d. Jun 1974) as well as a sister Marcella Stubovage (b. 26 Mar 1907 born in PA d. Aug 1991) Never married.
Brother Adam was drafted into WW One.  Dominic Jr. appears to have been to young for WWI and too old for WWII

Peter J served in the Army Air Force in WWII and was a Sargent.  He was based at the Albuquerque Army Air Base at least long enough to get his picture taken.  He may of worked there during the duration - or trained to fly bombers there and gone to Pacific.

Albuquerque Army Air Base was renamed Kirtland Army Air Field in February of 1942.

World War Two or WWII lasted from 1939 to 1945.

Sadly, Peter seems to have had no living relatives, or offspring.  He is a truly a Old Forgotten Soldier. We don’t know who Arthur is..the person that this photo was intended for..perhaps a fellow soldier..a real friend.

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Here is a photo that Iggy took of Peter’s Service Marker.  Thanks Iggy!


Monday, November 8, 2010

Photo Number 366

PR Antiques Arthur M Wisness 1918This is a WWI photo.
Pr Antiques Arthur Wisness This appears to be Arthur M. Wisness in 1918. 
I searched in Heritage Quest Online and found a Arthur M Wisness who was born sometime around 1891 in North Dakota and whose parents were Norwegian.    He is found in the 1920 census when he was 29 years old  in Wheaton, Minnesota, he is married and his wife’s name is Rosabelle. He was listed as being a Public School Teacher. If this is one and the same person, he survived the war!!

I purchased this photo at an Antique Shop in Park Rapids, Minnesota.

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Updates: From Iggy and Abra
Arthur and Rose had two children Osmund and Sylvia.  There is a Music Scholarship in memory of Arthur at Luther College.
I left a message with Sylvia's daughter ( edited to daughter in law)  Sarah yesterday, I am awaiting a call.
Abra also left a message with relatives on Ancestry.  Hopefully we will hear from this family! :)

November 11, 2010 update... I heard from Jon a grandson of Arthur, the photo will be mailed off to him tomorrow.  He said that his Mother is eighty and his Uncle is ninety and he is sure that they will both be excited to see the photograph as he is sure that it is one that they have not seen before.  I hope that they will share a story with me about their father/grandfather, so that I can share it with you:)

This photo became Full Circle 12 on November 20, 2010 

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Photo Number 365

Four Boys one a Soldier Cyko Postcard

This is a Real Photo Postcard. Brothers? Possibly..or maybe friends. One of them is off to the war. I believe this is also a photo from 1917 to 1918..although this type of postcard a Cyko was only made during 1904 to 1908.  Which means that  either this gentleman was in the Military before WWI or the card was a left over and the photographer was using them up.  This postcard has no identifying marks of any kind.

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Saturday, November 6, 2010

Photo Number 364

Military and a lady

Sister or girlfriend?  Someone special is getting their photo taken with a soldier.  He seems proud she seems matter of fact.  I wonder if he made it back?  This photo was more than likely taken in 1917 or 1918.

The United States was in the First World War in actual combat for only seven and a half months and during that time 116,000 were killed and 204,000 were wounded.

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Friday, November 5, 2010

Photo Number 363

Today we will begin looking at some forgotten old soldier photos. Veterans Day is next week..but it used to be called Armistice Day and it was November 11, 1918 that The Great War ended.

World War I or The Great War (that is what the old people used to call it)  began in 1914.  The United States declared war on Germany on April 6, 1917.  Many of the WW I photos of American soldiers are from 1917 and 1918.

soldier  Postcard Azo triangles up Bva

This is a Real Photo Postcard of a WWI soldier.  It is an Azo postcard with triangles pointing up.  They were made from 1904 to 1918..so this one fits in perfectly for our 1917 to 1918 dates.

I am not an expert with Uniforms or Wars..so if anyone has anything to add please leave me a comment and I will add the info to the original post.

I find it very sad that these soldiers photos have been forgotten.

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Thursday, November 4, 2010

Photo Number 362

Gone with the wind dress three Solway
This is the last of my “Gone with the Wind” photos for now.  I got this one up at Solway. It was a dollar.  Bob and Cheryl run a little Antique /Junk shop in an old dilapidated garage in Solway, MN during the summer.  They gave me their home phone number just in case I want to look at any photos during the winter…I just need to give them a call and they will open up no matter what the weather is like. I have been there three times during the summer..each time I find something different and unique.  One day it was real warm and his wife came over with ice cream bars..they are a friendly couple.
Anyway back to the photo..
Gone with the wind dress three Solway  What do suppose the things sewn to or hanging from her shoulders were.  What do they mean?  Perhaps they are just an adornment?  She is a lovely young lady!  I will date this photo about 1870.
This is a CdV or a Cartes d’ Visite that is about 2 1/2 inches by 4 inches..and they were often used as visiting or calling cards.  There were albums that some people purchased to keep their CdV’s in.  I ran onto one for sale..unfortunately it was too expensive for me to purchase, I will keep looking!

Tomorrow we will begin about ten days of photographs of Soldiers.

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Update from Norkio about the trim on this dress:
The trim is just that - trim. It looks like it is attached at three points to the shoulder seam - in the front, at the top of the shoulder and in the back. At first I thought they were epaulettes, but I can't see any shadow indicating a separate sleeve cap or anything like that. The dress is very plain, she may have been coming out of mourning and allowed some adornment, or simply loved a certain color of fabric and didn't have much trim. This appears to be an 1860s dress, maybe 1865-1868 is my guess.
Thanks Norkio..you expertise on these dresses is appreciated!! 

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Photo Number 361

JL Fox Grand Rapids antiques
This is a CdV that I purchased at an Antique Shop in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, the price was 2 dollars. 
JL Fox Grand Rapids antiques1 This is the back of the CdV. I believe it says J.L. Fox Northfield, Minn  86/2x99??   Photographic Gallery Wilmington, VT. B. F. Childs, Operator.
I do not think that this ladies name is J. L. Fox..I think he ( J. L. Fox) may have been the recipient of the calling card..from far away.  I did find a J. L. Fox that lived in Hastings, Minnesota in 1870..who was from Maine.
B. F. Childs was born in Wilmington, Vermont in 1821, he opened a studio in Marquette, Michigan in 1860. His father could have been a photographer..or he could have sold his studio and left many of his cards behind to be used by someone else. 
The card gives us no more clues..it’s edges were cut to fit in an album.  Perhaps Norkio can tell us more about the dress. It has dropped shoulders and is plaid.. and there appears to be a large hoop under that skirt.
I will guess that this photo is from 1860 to 1870.

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Thanks! Norkio for this info on the dress:
This photo is definitely 1860s. For one, the corners of the CdV tell us that with the squared corners and the square border. The thin inner and thicker outer border lines were popular around 1864. This young woman is wearing what looks like a gathered front bodice, meaning instead of it being darted for a smooth bodice, it is gathered to the waist. It's typically an older woman's style as it was most popular in the 1850s, but she may have gotten a hand me down, or liked the style herself. OR she could be still young enough to wear loose fitting dresses, moving toward her "coming out" age, but not quite there. Her skirt shape is still round, so I'm going to shoot at 1864-1868 as the year. I wonder what fabric she made her dress from? Cotton wasn't used so much as it is today, so likely wool of some kind, maybe linen.