Hmmm, the hair?

Recently I received a couple of cabinet cards as a gift (thanks Lottie!) Based on what I can see of the bodice I’d guess this is an 80’s dress. The hair cut stumps me. Side part. Different. Bangs are not frizzy… different but I have seen it before. But if you look by the ears, it looks like the hair is cut, not pulled back. What do you think? An illusion because of the angle? A rebel? Did she cut and sell her hair to raise money for this AMAZING bodice/dress? Were they still shaving heads to battle fevers in the 80’s? Let’s hear your thoughts?

The best buy at the antique shop

My third and final buy from last week was another ambrotype of a family unit.


It is pretty beat up.  It doesn’t have the cover (if it had one.)  The frame is dinged up to the point you almost can’t see that the Grecian key motif around it.  I don’t know how to clean it up so that the picture is clearer. Is that hair on the mom’s shoulder (which might suggest 1870’s)? Is that a boy or girl baby?

For me, this is my best find because I don’t have many of these and this is the best one of the ones I have.  I know there are ones in far better shape out there!

Enjoy your Easter

Hi guys! Just me wishing you a Happy Easter! Hope you are with loved ones!

Before I pop of to begin my weekend of eating and chocolate induced sugar highs, I wanted to share another find from…

…Mike’s General Store.

I think this is an ambrotype (anyone more knowledgeable are welcome to chime in). It is missing its frame but I liked the subjects.

I am assuming it is a mother with her children and family in the background. She is wearing an apron that seems a bit tattered and the location seems rustic (outdoors on dirt) but she has nice jewelry. The hair says 1880’s to me. I’d love to know their story. Maybe they are land owning farmers taking advantage of a travelling photographer who came by during a busy season?

Mike’s General Store

There is a little antique shop I like.


They have reasonable prices and they are tidy and organized so finding things and picking things up to look at is not like an expensive game of Jenga. I got one of my cabinet card albums there, my stereoscope and some stereoscope cards and cabinet cards.

I picked up a few things there this past weekend.  Let me show you one…


It is a little carte de visit that I liked because it depicts a woman who is not tiny and she is wearing a skirt and shirtwaist that do not match.

The newspaper drawings


The back cover of my carte de visite book had some news paper clippings stuck on the back.

I’m going to try and figure out who they are.
The guy on the top left is Charles Tupper and he was Prime Minister of Canada for a very short while in 1896. He is connected to Hugh John MacDonald, the owner of Dalnavert house. Hugh’s partner in his law firm was one of Tupper’s sons and Charles Tupper himself, made Hugh the Minister of the Interior in April 1896.

Here is a photo of the two together. (A copy of this hangs in Dalnavert).


The next drawing is of Benjamin Disraeli who was a Prime Minister in the United Kingdom.  There was a street in Winnipeg that eventually became a Freeway called Disraeli and it was named after him.  Here is the photo the drawing was likely rendered from.


The guy on the bottom left is Fredrick Temple also known as Lord Dufferin.


He was a Governor General of Canada and he is also connected to Hugh John MacDonald.  As the Governor General of Canada, Lord Dufferin had contact with the Prime Minister and Hugh’s father, John A MacDonald.  Lord Dufferin made John A the god father of one of his children. There are a few things in Winnipeg named after this guy and his family…including our old train named the Countess of Dufferin now being stored in the Union Station Rail Museum.

The next guy was John Campbell the Marquis of Lorne, husband to one of Queen Victoria’s daughters.  In 1878 Lorne was appointed governor general of Canada by British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli, to succeed Lord Dufferin.

The last guy is Matthew Vassar, founder of Vassar Collage. He doesn’t seem to fit the pattern and I can’t even guess why he is there. Most of these guys are major political characters in Canada’s history.  All these political types hung out with each other and with royalty.  And for some reason, the owner of this album found it significant to include these pictures in a family album.

Turn the pages: and here are the rest of them…

Most of the remaining photographs are more modern so I’m just going to throw them all out there with only a few comments. First up…some dapper dudes.


In the photo on the right there is this guy lurking in the back.  Looks like a gangster.  Just sayin’. On the back it says “Richard, Ralph and self”.   And here is a couple… looks 1920’s to me but I’m no expert.


On the back there is written “Beatrice the eldest and her husband. he is a famer at North Deighton Wetherby”.

Love the doggy in this next one!


Next to the doggy photo there is another guy on his own.


A few pages later, this guy has a photo taken with a woman.  I guess these are not in any kind of chronological order. On the back of the next photo is written, “Taken at Field House May 1930.  Father 82 Dorothy 22.


The building is for the news Paper “The Public Ledger” in Philadelphia.


My guess is the next two photos are the same family but different times. And the lurking guy in the background and kid with the crossed arms from the first set of photos are the same people.  The back has written Nellie Ralph and self.  So Ralph is the kid.  Self is the lurker. That makes the guy in the top photo Richard.



Then there is this random photo of Victorian kids thrown in…


Then back to more modern things.  Love the old guys beard!


Then there is a house and a SUPER cute kid on a great toy (that I would have loved as a kid!) On the back of her photo are the words “Joyce Lister 1 year June 30th 1930”.


On the back of the photo of the house…”Our home taken last Thanksgiving Day”.

A couple of older ladies with their dog.  Looks like a friendly beast!


This last phot had some writing on the back.


And finally the back cover has some newspaper drawing glued onto the back.  I guess I should try and figure out who they are so that I can possibly figure out where the book comes from.IMG_20181014_201912813.jpg



Turn the page: Victoria’s doppelganger

I realize my posting has been a bit spotty of late. Drama at work (potential department cuts) has left me uninspired for posts and for completed things to post about.  Pretty sure you are not interested in seeing my completed coloring pages and jigsaw puzzles! My group and I are also not getting out in costume lately…partially due to busy schedules and partially due to my energy slump.

But in the interest of letting you know that I have not died, here is a quick post about my carte de visite album.

Next page:



Queen Victoria’s doppelganger or what! I find the profile sitting interesting.  Was there a reason for that?  Something on the right side of her face she is trying to hide? Trying to draw attention to the head wear?  What is the thing she is wearing on her head?  Is it purely a fashion statement or does it mean something?  Not a nun, but a nurse perhaps?  If anyone knows, be sure to share.

Out of the sleeve, we get no further information. There is no photographer’s stamp on the front or the back.


Now for the gent…


Taking him out of the sleeve reveals one thing…these two photos were likely not taken at the same place so it is harder to speculate that there is some sort of tie between the two.


The style of card stock is different and the gent has a photographers stamp.


We seem to have his birth and death written on the back.  (A good 84 years of life!) So possibly these were reprinted after death or the dates were added later?  I read the word on the bottom as Rebecca’s.  Perhaps the person handing out the photographs, wrote the name of the person who was to receive each one?  I know I have done that with my kids’ school photos.

That’s it for me today.  I can’t say there will be effort on my part to post again this week.  I’m expecting some major developments this week in regards to the work drama so depending how the chips fall, my motivation will either rise or fall…we shall see.

Turn the page: lovely ladies

Next up in the carte de visite album is two lovely ladies.


The one on the left is a tin type possibly from the 1870’s.  Love the stripes!  And I wish I had the kind of neck that would rock a choker like she does.IMG_20181014_204021.jpg

The next lady had a head shot done.


Here is the photo out of the sleeve.


The back of the carte.


I interpret the hand writing to mean that the photo is of a 15 year old girl named Ann Lodge. I love it when I know their names!




Next page: Same lady

I’d almost forgotten about the carte de visite album I’ve been sharing with you.  Here is the next photo pairs.


At first glance I thought this is the same woman with photos taken at the same time.   But when I zoomed in on the photos I decided the dress was different. The dress on the left seems to be lighter in color. The buttons are bigger and spaced wider apart on the left. The collar on the left is the same material as the main part of the dress and the collar on the right is taller and made of the same material as the contrast part of the dress.  The hair style is the same and the watch chain is the same.  In the face only one, she is wearing earrings but not in the full length photo.  The photo on the right the face is fuller and appears younger to me.  What do you think?  Same woman different time?



Once they are out of the album, you clearly see that the photographers and location are different.  So definitely, they were taken at different times.  So now what do you think?  Same woman significantly different times?  (Isn’t the details on the over skirt and cuffs of the dress in the full length photo yummy!)