Turn the page: the other family

The last time I turned the page we had two sets of family portraits.


The older couple was examined last time so the young family is next.


the little girl is looking quite sullen but mom is almost smiling!  Her dress is quite nice with the bows all down the front.  I do love the little girl’s shoes.  img_20180313_064716160.jpg

The photographer was in business on 1800 Frankford in Philadelphia from at least 1861-1896.  I’d hazard a guess on date as being in the 1870’s because the card corners are rounded, and her hair and dress say 1870’s.  The clothes of all three seem to be well made and in good shape so I think they would be new and therefore current in style.


Turn the page: family portraits


The next set of photos in the carte de visit book is of families.

The photos on the right is an older couple.IMG_20180313_064619019

That cap on her head is so cute!

I may have names for these two if anyone is good at reading messy writing!  I read “our friend and uncle B??omheart.  What do you see?


*post script…I am back working a day shift after nearly 2 years of working noon till 8:15.  This means I can go back to volunteering at the Costume Museum and I will be able to post some of the wonders and treasures I see while working.  I’m looking forward to that!

Turn the page: Fabulous 60’s Part two

The last set of pages I posted about from the carte de visite book as two women from the 1860’s.IMG_20180313_064358871

This post will focus on the woman on the right. To bad the photo isn’t in focus!


Out of the book sleeve…also not very clear.  But clear enough to see that there is a belt between her shirtwaist and skirt and there appears to be something on her wrists.  Bracelettes? Trim on the cuffs? What do you think?


The furniture is amazing!  The chair seems to be from the same set as the chair in the photograph with the other woman-just different upholstery.

Both cards have the red border around the photographs and both are from the same photographer so likely were taken at the same time.




Turn the page: Fabulous 60’s Part one

The next page in my carte de visite book is two women who appear to be dressed in 1860’s styles.


The first woman is dressed in a skirt with matching bodice.



I wish I could see the detail on the upper sleeve more clearly.  It’s a design feature I would copy if I could.


Chas Hall is the photographer and after a quick Google search I found he was on Market St. from 1863-1881.  (Scroll down to the 7th row, middle picture)

Turn the page: holey jewels Granny Part 2


Last post addressed the “holey” part of my title.  This part addresses the jewels on Granny part.


Okay, there are no jewels.  But she sure is blingy with her broach, earrings and all the beading on her dress!


I’m glad I pulled her out of the book because the frame was hiding the wonderful detail on the cuff of her sleeve.  Is it a lace or embroidery?  Fabulous!

The card stock itself has a embossed stamp on the bottom.  There is a large photographers stamp on the back.  There is extensive information on the photographer, Warner Gothard here. He started work at this studio in 1893. (Based on the sleeves, I think the 90’s is when this photograph was taken.


The handwriting is cool.  I wish it was a bit clearer.  The clearest bit says our grand dame was 78 years old at the time of this photograph.  I can’t make out the rest.  I think this is possibly her name.  If anyone else is good at reading bad handwriting I welcome your input!

Turn the page: holey jewels Granny! Part 1

Time for the next page in the carte de visit book I now own.


On the right side we have a sharp dressed Granny and we will focus more on her next time.  On the left is a young woman and child.  It looks like it caught fire or … I don’t know what!  May be a baby was carved out of the photo and put in a locket?

What do you think?


She is holding something in her hand but I can’t make it out.  From what is left of the photo, it appears she is wearing a 60’s style dress.  I think the child is a girl and I think they are both rather pretty.

Here is the photo out of the album.


And here is the back.


It is the same photographer as previous pages. Here, here, and here.  And I think there is a family resemblance.