Saturday, January 15, 2011

Photo Number 425

Page 24 of the Nettie Parks album.
Page 24 Harry Summit
Little Harry Summit standing in a chair.  I wonder if he is related to Gilbert and Lueanna ( Lu Emma) Summit? We did not have any photos of them..but their photographs were in this album at one time..empty pages 10 and 11.

This is a cabinet card from  Hooton’s Studio  Macedonia, Ia. and Carson, Iowa. I will guess that this photograph was taken in the 1890’s. ( Update: Harry was born in 1887.. If he was two in this photo the year would be 1889)

A reader by the name of Star asked this question:
How much did it cost to have these cabinet photos taken? How much would it have cost to have one's portrait painted by a various range of painters (local/naive, talented/unknown, known/famous)? What was the average yearly wage of a range of people shown in the photos? Obviously, photography made portraits available to a much wider range of people, while the cost of a lady's dress in a Sear's catalogue of the turn of the century continually pops back into my mind (if I'm not remembering incorrectly, it was something like $6!!!). I'd like to be able to put all these marvelous photos in perspective. Do you, or your readers, have some hard facts (and reliable sources) that will help me?


I responded that Tintypes were a penny a piece..they were the photograph that was readily available to everyday people and Tintypists were often traveling photographers in the late 1800’s.   Real Photo Postcards were a penny each in the early 1900’s, and they cost another penny to mail.

Does anyone know what a sitting fee was to have a cabinet card made, or the cost of the individual cards? Update: Iggy found an article that said that Cabinet Cards were about 6 dollars a dozen or 50 cents each. 

Thanks for stopping by, do come again:)
Update from Iggy: 
Harry L. Summitt was born in October 2, 1887 to Gilbert and Luanna Summitt. His brothers and sisters were Alta (Jan 1890), Roy G (Mar 1892), Lena B (Jul 1893), and James M Summitt (May 1895).

He married Oliva Belle Wigginton (b. 1893 in Macedonia, Iowa) on 30 May 1917. At that time, his mother's name is given as Maud Rayburn. In the 1910 US census, Harry is shown living alone with with sister Alta and "widowed" Elizabeth Rayburn (b. abt 1833 in Illinois). Olive's parents were listed on the marriage record as Chas. W. Wigginton and Isadore E. Jackson.

Harry died August 1964 apparently still in Iowa.



Update January 04, 2012 from anonymous relative
yes, that is Harry Summitt, and more than likely the other is of Alta Jean Summitt (Loving). my Great Grandfather was Gilbert Summitt, and Harry would have been one of his sons. if anyone has any info on his sister Lena Summitt, it would be greatly appreciated.

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  1. Harry L. Summitt was born in October 2, 1887 to Gilbert and Luanna Summitt. His brothers and sisters were Alta (Jan 1890), Roy G (Mar 1892), Lena B (Jul 1893), and James M Summitt (May 1895).

    He married Oliva Belle Wigginton (b. 1893 in Macedonia, Iowa) on 30 May 1917. At that time, his mother's name is given as Maud Rayburn. In the 1910 US census, Harry is shown living alone with with sister Alta and "widowed" Elizabeth Rayburn (b. abt 1833 in Illinois). Olive's parents were listed on the marriage record as Chas. W. Wigginton and Isadore E. Jackson.

    Harry died August 1964 apparently still in Iowa.

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  2. I would like to know why they dressed boys like girls back then? Some time with long curls.

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  3. Hi Patsy, All small children were dressed alike. In dresses..their diapers were easier to change ..closures were not like they are today and neither were diapers. They did not have the old plastic pants to protect clothing from wetness. Diapers were sometimes just dried and used again without washing them.
    As for haircuts..I think that was up to the Mothers. :)

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  4. Thank you for the information about tintypes, Real Photo Postcards, and cabinet cards! I collect Real Photo Postcards and cabinet cards, and I enjoy learning more about them.

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  5. There's also an L. Harry Summit born about 1888 living in Macedonia, Iowa according to the 1930 US census that was just released. His wife is listed there as B. Olive Summit.

    You might consider uploading these to Ancestry.com. I know I just found a long lost cousin that had uploaded photos of my grandmother as a young woman, something I'd never seen before that brought tears to my eyes. Now I'm scanning and uploading the ones she's never seen.

    Last night I saw a photo of a man from the 1800's that shares my unusual maiden name--and the resemblance is uncanny even though I do not yet know how we are connected.

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  6. Thanks flowerweaver..I do not have an Ancestry account..but the ones that are identified by family usually end up at that web site.
    How exciting to find a long lost cousin! :)

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  7. yes, that is Harry Summitt, and more than likely the other is of Alta Jean Summitt (Loving). my Great Grandfather was Gilbert Summitt, and Harry would have been one of his sons. if anyone has any info on his sister Lena Summitt, it would be greatly appreciated. rsummitt@mchsi.com

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  8. Hi Anonymous, Thanks for the comment! Have you looked through all the The Nettie Parks Project photos? I would guess that you are related thru Lena. Good luck with your search:) Connie

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  9. Lena B. Summitt's "full" name appears to have been Helen(a) Bell Summitt, and she married Frederick C. Colclough on 20 Sep 1916 in Miles City, Custer, Montana.

    https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/F3Q5-SNF

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  10. Hi. My name is Shirlee. I have a painting signed by what I believe reads "Harry C.Summit". It is a framed, hand stretched canvas painting of a desert and sky like scene. Just wondering if this means anything to anyone. You can email me at notottakai@Gmail.com

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    1. Thanks St White, truly I am not sure of a connection since the middle initial are different. I will leave your comment and email here just incase someone else wanders by someday.

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Connie