All you Forgotten Old Photo readers are simply the best! I always appreciate your comments and your input on the old photos! I feel very fortunate that some of you have emailed me your old photos to share with the readers..photos that would otherwise just be “forgottens” shoved in a box or even worse.. destroyed.
Patty shared this poem with me:
Strangers in the Box by Pam Harazim
Come, look with me inside this drawer,
In this box I've often seen,
At the pictures, black and white,
Faces proud, still, serene.
I wish I knew the people,
These strangers in the box,
Their names and all their memories
Are lost among my socks.
I wonder what their lives were like,
How did they spend their days?
What about their special times?
I'll never know their ways.
If only someone had taken time
To tell who, what, where, or when,
These faces of my heritage
Would come to life again.
Could this become the fate
Of the pictures we take today?
The faces and the memories
Someday to be passed away?
Make time to save your stories,
Seize the opportunity when it knocks,
Or someday you and yours could be
The strangers in the box.
Patty also shared an interesting photo.
A tintype. A tintype is an image formed directly on a sheet of metal. The image is reversed left to right.
Tintypes were USUALLY considered “one of a kind” photos. There was a process for making copies but it was rarely used.
Although in the small print it says that duplicate copies can be had from all negatives.
Mrs. SA Rich was in Zanesville Ohio from 1870 to 1876, then from 1883 to 1889 she was at 101 Main, then 1885 to 1886 she was someplace else in Zanesville. From that information I would say that this photo was taken in 1870 to 1876 or 1885 or 1886. There is some writing on the back of the CdV (above the FROM ..same as small.. is kind of circled) and (under the S.A Rich is Conesville.)
This is the info that Patty sent along with the photos that she emailed to me.
I've attached one of the photos I was referring to. As you can see, I have not only a print but also the tin "negative". The writing on the back of the print is so faded that there isn't much that can be made out. This photo and negative was in a box of old photos that I inherited from my grandmother in the early 1990s, before she passed away. We identified all the photos that we could at that time, but she did not know who this person was.
Here is what I do know... I did have ancestors in my direct lineage with the surnames of Savage and Parks in the Zanesville/Coshocton/Conesville, OH area from 1850 until the early 1900s.
I know that isn't much to go on. Perhaps you can help me fill in some details based on what you know about old photographs. Any help you can give me would be much appreciated.
I think he is a young lad, fifteen or sixteen years old..born in either 1855 to 1861 or 1870 or 1871. I wonder what the census says for the surnames Savage and Parks in Muskingum County Ohio in 1860 ..1870..or 1880?
Thanks Patty for sharing your mystery relative!
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