Friday, April 30, 2010

Photo Number 179

This is Myrtle Van Zant, I got this photo at the Antique shop in Park Rapids, Minnesota.  It is a Cyko Real Photo Postcard from 1904 to 1920.  It is most likely from around 1910.
Somewhere in Far Guys family the name Van Zant comes up..someone a long time ago married someone by that name..probably no relation to this lovely lady.
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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Photo Number 178

This may be the companion photo from yesterday.   I got them in the same Antique Shop in Perham, Minnesota.. they are on the same paper.  I chose this photo because of his tie, and I hated to separate the pair of photos if that is what they are.  
Norkio dated yesterdays photo in the late 1880's so I will date this one with that date too.
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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Photo Number 177

I purchased this photo at an Antique Shop In Perham, Minnesota. I was intrigued with how ornate her dress seems to be, I wish I could have seen the whole dress!

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Photo number 172 has seen some action, you might want to check it out!
Update from Norkio:
This appears to be an 1880s photo, based on hair style and dress trims. Maybe later 1880s. Bangs were not popular until then, and usually for younger women only. This does look to be a younger woman.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Photo Number 176

This gal is beautiful, she looks hauntingly like my my niece Stacey.  This photo was taken in 1900.  Ole E Flaten was a Minnesota Photographer who immigrated from Vanders, Norway.  He was in business from 1872 to 1928.  However the year 1900 was the only year he was at this particular address the Cor 4th + Front Streets in Moorhead, Minn.   That is one large bow in her hair!

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Monday, April 26, 2010

Photo Number 175

This is Juanita Joy when she was six months old, she was born December 02, 1954.  This photo was taken at Photo Movie Studio 4225 Roosevelt Way  Seattle 5, Wash.   I found the Seattle 5 must have been some help in sorting the mail back then??  This baby is younger than me ..she would be a mere 55 at the present time.
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Sunday, April 25, 2010

Photo Number 174

Mother and child, they look happy and relaxed.  This was probably taken sometime around 1910. It is not the best quality photo, and there is no photographs info.  This one is still from the original box of photos that I purchased from an Antique shop in Park Rapids, Minnesota.

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Saturday, April 24, 2010

Photo Number 173

This photo was taken sometime in 1934 or 1935. It was taken in my Grandparents yard, the photo was never marked.  They must have been friends of my grandparents. It gives you a good idea what everyday clothing looked like back then.  The garage behind them, is the "moonshine" garage.  My Grandpa had a still, the revenue agents found it and brought everything up in front of this garage and smashed it.  They also dumped the mash that was in the pig pen and the pigs got drunk.  My Mother recalls it vividly, she still laughs about the drunken pigs.
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Friday, April 23, 2010

Photo Number 172

This is Alice.  This photo was more than likely taken in Superior, Wisconsin in the Superior World Theater..that became defunct and was occupied by  Millard Berg in 1958.
Shall we all guess at her last name.  Alice Lomoe?  Alice Lomne? Alice Lomone?
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Updates from Abra and Norkio: 
In 1910, Alice was just 1 month old at census time (born March 10, 1910). She has two older 1/2 brothers at the time; she is the first child from her father Oscar's second marriage (to Gunda). I didn't go back to see who his 1st wife is. She was married 8/10/1955 in Pine County Mn to Donald Mitchell. It is unknown if she had children. She died July 25, 2002, in Superior Wisconsin. There is also a scholarship in her name: Alice Lomoe Mitchell Scholarship.

Update : I found out that she was a long time teacher at Superior High School, Superior, Wisconsin. 

Update from Abra:I wonder if this is Alice's teacher photo for a yearbook? I found a few more tidbits. Oscar Lamoe's first wife committed suicide in Itasca WI in April, 1905. I believe he married Gunda (Alice's mother) around 2 years later, as they were married 3 years in the 1910 census. Gunda's obituary is archived as January of 1964, age 82. I found Oscar as the master of the Itasca Free Mason's Lodge in 1925. On August 6 1910, at about 9 PM, Alice's 1/2 brother Orrin, age 10, was electrocuted while playing near electrical wires, which resulted in a negligence lawsuit against the Superior Water, Light, & Power Company. Alice had another older 1/2 brother Wallace, and a younger brother Orville. I found an obituary from 1970 for Mrs. Wallace Lomoe which gives a good deal of information on them & lists her survivors (Wallace & his wife were both in the newspaper industry ). I did more searching and found Wallace's daughter's blog; she is a writer out of New York. Perhaps she could tell you if Alice had children, or if someone in the family would be interested in this photo. I found an article on orville (Bud) Lomoe, who was a managing editor at the Duluth News Tribune. I also found an obituary for Orville's son, Richard who died in 1997. The SS Death Index also lists Wallace as dying in 1975, Orville in 1991, & his wife in 2009. I'll send links in your email. Amazing what one can find starting with a forgotten photo. :-)

Thanks Abra..great work now we will just wait and see! :) 

Update, Monday April 26, 2010 from an anonymous reader..
What an interesing site. Alice Lamoe was our neighbor in Itasca_Superior, Wisconsin. She did not have any children. She continued to live in her mother's house until her death. She was a teacher, counselor, and dean of girls in the Superior School system and music director in the First Presbyterian Church. Her Mother, Gunda was our grandmother's, Olga S., best friend..

Update: April 27, 2010  From Alice's niece Julie!! 
Hi, this is Alice's niece, Julie Lomoe. I'm a retired art therapist and a mystery writer living in upstate New York. Sue T left a comment on my blog post about my father, Wallace Lomoe, with a link to this wonderful site. I would dearly love to have this photo, and I'm thrilled to read all the comments about Alice and Gunda.

You are correct that Alice didn't have any children, but I spent many wonderful summer vacations with her at her cottage at Cranberry Lake south of Itasca and Superior. I have a box of memorabilia she had saved about our family that was passed on to me by my brother after Alice's death. She taught English and was a choir director well into old age. She was a warm, loving person with a good sense of humor, and a lover of cats.

I'll inevitably have to blog about this amazing find and the memories it stirs up. When I do, I'll let you know on this site. In the meantime, please visit my blog!

Julie Lomoe's Musings Mysterioso

I will mail out the photo to Julie whenever she contacts me with her address!  I am just a pleased as punch to have another old photo going home :) 

Update: Another message was left from a Great Niece: 
Hello. Alice was my great aunt and wallace was my grandfather. I,too remember the house on the lake in Superior with Uncle Bud and a cat who was over 20 years old. Sha was incredibly kind and Bud seemed humorous. I was quite young but I know this woman was quite loved and admired. Lauren Lomoe-Thompson

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Photo Number 171

This is a photo I call Lace Collar Gal.  This was taken in 1902 by E J Colmark in Kensington, Minnesota.  It was the only year he was in business.   Do you suppose that this collar was tatted..??  I know nothing of tatting and lace..but perhaps one of my readers does!

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Update November 25, 2010 from Salome:
the collar is definetly not tatted, tatting lace has a complete differend structure than this collar. Although the Photo is not very detailed i'm sure, that this is a gipure lace. With more details it would be possible to tell if it is a crochet work (irish gipure) or the "original" kind of gipure wich is a bobbin lace.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Photo Number 170

Relaxing in the yard.  When was the last time you took a favorite rocking chair into the yard?  Especially a love seat style rocker.  This was probably taken around 1910.  A family gathering.

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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Photo Number 169

This is a photo that Norkio/Mrsmarvel  emailed me.  It is a photo taken at Lake Erie, Erie Pennsylvania in 1910-1915.  Her Grandma Pat is one of these girls! She does not know which one.   Can you imagine what a fun day these gals had on the beach?  The knee length suits were very fashionable at that time.  The water or the wind off the water must have been some of them have what look to be coats or perhaps bath robes on for warmth.

Grandma Pat's Heirloom Recipes or the original social networking can be found at Gram's Recipe Box..a blog which I read everyday! Thanks Norkio for sharing..the photo and your Gram's recipes!
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Monday, April 19, 2010

Photo Number 168

I am not certain where this was taken at or what was happening.  Is it some sort of Military Graduation Ceremony?   Perhaps one of my readers will recognize the building.
It is a very unusual building..are they on a football field or a parade field?
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Sunday, April 18, 2010

Photo Number 167

This photo was taken outside of Ma Morgans in Duluth..this couple might be the Grandma and Grandpa..that would make Ma Morgan.. the Great Grandma..or they could just be a favorite uncle and aunt..or friends..that is some fancy coat.

This is the last photo I have taken outside of the Morgan home.  I will date these photos 1920.  I have seven photos that I can connect with the Morgans..a real treasure trove of old photos if you have none.

Perhaps someday these photos can be returned to their family.
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Saturday, April 17, 2010

Photo Number 166

This dress looks hot and heavy..I thought that the velvet front piece was interesting.   I also like the wicker chair and the garden setting in the background, however the dress seems out of place in this setting.  I will date this photo 1895 to 1900.  
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Friday, April 16, 2010

Photo Number 165

Two sisters?  Perhaps.  They appear to be wearing two or three piece outfits cut from the same pattern.  I will just assume that women especially in rural Minnesota either sewed themselves or went to a dressmaker. I am sure in bigger cities you could buy ready made clothing.

This photographer I P Wood was in Delano, Minnesota from 1894 to 1895.  There was no record of him being in Rockford.  He obviously was there at some point in time.  I shared a copy of this photo with the Minnesota Historical Society because they have a directory of Minnesota photographers, they can now include Rockford as another location for this photographer. I consult their site on a regular basis to help me date photographs.

The laptop seems to be working as advertised..I must be getting old..since I sometimes doubt new fangled wireless Internet connections!
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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Photo Number 164

A little girl in a hat!  Her dress looks almost "flapperish" with the dropped I will date this photo 1920.

We are headed North to grandsit for a few days..I will be trying out the new this will be the end of the hats for awhile.   I hope to get to a few antique shops to find some more photos..the hunt is part of the adventure.  I loaded a few old photos on the hopefully I should be able to write this blog from afar..if not I will be back in a few days.
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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Photo Number 163

Two gals posing for a photo, sisters, cousins, friends?  I would like to call this meets country..the gal on the right is obviously shy, and instead of a coat she has a shawl..and her hat seems to be simpler.  As for the year..I am not certain..maybe the 1930's.

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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Photo Number 162

This lady is all dressed up.  This photo was probably taken on Easter Sunday, with the hat and gloves..I think she may have a bracelet on over the top of the gloves..fancy!  Cute little short jacket too..I wonder if she sewed her own outfit. I believe that this is a typical photo from the 1950's.

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Monday, April 12, 2010

Photo Number 161

There is a house number on this photo and that is about it.  I bet this is a mother and her son. Probably taken in the 1940's sometime.  I have no idea what kind of hat this is..but I bet it matches her dress.
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Sunday, April 11, 2010

Photo Number 160

My Mother and Grandmother wore hats like these in the 1950's.  They just kind of perched on your head..they had two thingys ( hard pieces of covered wire)  that came down and gripped your head..except if you were little and your head was small then they fell off anyway. Often times these hats had bits of netting in the front..very glamorous!
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Saturday, April 10, 2010

Photo Number 159

This one looks like a mother and daughter to me.  The younger gal has gloves and a cool purse, they are all dressed up to go someplace.   I will date this in the late 1940's or early 1950's.  There should be a name for that hard sided purse..I used to play with one like it when I was little.  These gals hats compliment their outfits perfectly!
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Friday, April 9, 2010

Photo Number 158

This granny is really dressed up!  Complete with gloves.  I read where hats and gloves were all just part of good etiquette.  Hats were often changed many times a day and only beggars went bareheaded.  This granny is headed someplace church..perhaps to a the late 1940's. I love the way her clutch purse is secured under her arm.
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Thursday, April 8, 2010

Photo Number 157

A 1920's dress, with straight sides and a dropped waist with a handkerchief hemline.  Her hat is not exactly a bell shaped Cloche..but a modified version.   Note: You can almost see her ankles..
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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Photo Number 156

I call this one..outside of Ma Morgans.   Sometimes you cannot see the forest for the trees. Anyway..back to the hats..these are Cloche hats..they were popular from 1908 to 1933.  Cloche is a French word for bell.  A proper Cloche hat covered the neck in the back and came to the eyebrows in the front.  I am not certain what to date this photo at..1930?

Ma Morgan's House 
Now that I have discovered this is in the background of several other old photos..If we ever locate the Morgan Family..I have a bunch more photos for them. They are not marked with names..just the same house. This house has been speaking to me all this time..I am paying attention now.
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Update: Kathy and Abra think that the first photo is from the 1920's..thanks gals for your input!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Photo Number 155

Now we will begin a series of ladies and their hats.  This one seems out of place with the Fur coat.. I will guess that this was taken in the 1940's sometime.  Not many people wear furs anymore..I admired an elderly womans mink coat one day in church..she said " Sweetie, when you have had as many husbands as I deserve a mink."

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Monday, April 5, 2010

Photo Number 154

The Morgans.  They are a mystery.  I believe they lived in Duluth, Minnesota.  There is a Morgan Park in Duluth..but I cannot find a connection.

This is a photo I found last week in an Antique Shop..I picked up the photo and said "This is Ed Morgan, I would know him anywhere"..well the shop owner thought I was nuts...along with my husband.   I believe that this one was taken earlier than 1904..could it be the Bell Photographer that was in Duluth from 1887 to 1890? Probably not..but it could be a different photographer by the name of Bell in Minnesota in the early 1900' there were five studios that were named "Bell."  It might be his graduation from High School Photo..around 1898.  I think he looks younger than in the following photo.
The Morgan saga began with Photo number 11 with Edwin F Morgan in 1904...who Abra found out was a railroad clerk.

Then I had Photo Number 146 taken in 1913 who I believe might be John Hamilton Morgan on his graduation ..but it is just a hunch.

Now I will add these to the puzzle..
Hamilton and Ma and Pa Morgan. Can you see the resemblance between the fellow on the left (Hamilton) and the fellow in the graduation photo?   I can ..but perhaps it is my over active imagination.
Ma Morgan. 

These Morgans sure are a mystery..I would like to know how they are all connected..
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Saturday, April 3, 2010

Photo Number 153

This is a Real Photo Postcard.  It is an Azo with four triangles in the corners of the Place Stamp Here area  on the I can date it 1904 to 1918.  Montrose Studio was located in Columbus, Ohio.  This may not be an Easter photo..but she has a basket..close enough for me!

I will be back on Monday.. I have a few photos in the Morgan family to share.  Would you all like to see a week of ladies in hats?  Or everyday images?  Well you will get both..sooner or later!

I would like to wish all my readers a Happy Easter and a weekend filled with happiness with family and friends!
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Friday, April 2, 2010

Photo Number 152

Little girls and chickens!  I love their haircuts!  This was probably a photo taken in the 1940's.

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Thursday, April 1, 2010

Photo Number 151

Cowboys on a dining room table on Easter morning.  This photo is small, 2 1/2 inches square ( Kodak Velox Paper) .  This photo was probably taken in the 1950's.

Several photos are going full circle, I am mailing two sets of photos today.  I will write about them going full circle when I hear back from the people I sent them to!  Check the side bar to find out which ones caught someones eye!
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