I had decided not to buy any more cabinet cards that didn’t have a full dress to look at but we can bend the rules if it only costs a dollar! Right?
She seems to be fairly well off with a fashionable dress and a big piece (or 2) of jewelry at her throat.
Blake of Blake and Edgar is possibly William Blake, who moved to Bedford Ireland in 1866. Blake’s wife, Annie, was also a photographer. Blake & Edgar photographers business began at 32 (later renumbered 74) Midland Road in 1871. It is unclear who Arthur Edgar was. Blake & Edgar moved to 38 and 40 High Street in 1897. Which fits the date on the back of the card.
I’m making the assumption that the next two photos in my latest album purchase are wedding photos. And I think they are about 25 years apart.
The first is from around the 1890’s if the sleeves are anything to go by.
Early 90’s if you go by the hair. The gown is stunning!
There is a single name on the back.
I can’t quite make it out. Paine Gerret? Peirre Verret? I don’t think it is the name of either of the people on the front. Usually, when we write the name of the subjects we write everyone’s name…unless it is a large group like a class photo or hockey team. I know that when I have handed out school photos, I write the name of the person I intend to give it to so I can keep track of who got what in the handing out phase. I’m thinking that this is a possible reason for the single name.
Our next couple is from 1918.
I love it when the photos come with some solid information.
Old photo albums are a joy to me. And the hoarder in me, loves to pick them up and gaze at the fashions and wonder about the lives. The next page I’m sharing from my last acquisition is an older couple and a younger girl.
Sorry about the blurry picture. I’m too lazy to redo that one.
The girl looks to be in her 20’s wearing 20’s styles. Not my thing. It doesn’t excite me much. The older couple is harder to peg.
My guess is an older woman’s take on Edwardian fashions. The black lace on that bodice is yummy! And the older dude is rocking that beard! Put a man bun on him and he would fit right into today’s styles!
After a speedy search on the internet, I found a few references to the photographer S Belle in Fraserville that implied he was working in the 19teens. Assuming those people did their research better than I did, we can say this may back up my theory on the date of the card.
The last few weeks have been busy! My dog was sick (bring out the carpet cleaner sick), the out door heat has been oppressive for me and I finally got a position at work with more hours. It is pretty different from what I have been doing in the past few years so there is a bit of a learning curve.
But, things are settling a bit and it is time to write up a few posts about the cabinet card album I bought a few months back.
The next page over from the last post is this one. A faded family and an Edwardian woman.
The group is two men and two seated women. Unfortunately, I can’t seem to get a good photo of them.
Here is the Edwardian woman. She seems young. Love the skirt!
A few weeks ago, I went on a family outing for lunch in a small city north of Winnipeg. After a pleasant lunch, I convinced my clan to stop at a local antique shop. I saw many things I wanted to buy but I had to put it all back so I could afford a cabinet card album.
Unfortunately, there is some damage.
I’d like to fix it but I don’t want to make it worse so that will involve some research on my part.
The title page…
The first photo. Unfortunately, it is also in bad shape. Too much sun perhaps?
You can still make out the figures.
Mother and child. I can’t make out if it is a boy or a girl. Seems to be a fairly big child and I would think a boy would have been in pants by that size. I could be wrong. I wish I could make out more details on the dress and hat. That hat has some serious height!
Rest assured, there are better photos in this album, that I will share later on.