Flea Market score: Part 2

As part of my anniversary gift this past weekend, I got a stack of cards for my stereoscope.  Some in better shape than others.  I do wish I could make them 3d for you.


I love the little girl with her cat. It doesn’t even look stuffed.


Keeping with the animal theme, a couple of cows.


Rascal up to no good!


More shenanigans!


What is shenanigans without someone to gossip about it!


Family life?


A stereoscope card of a woman looking at a stereoscope.


Check out the lady’s skirt on the left. Nice eh?


Very faded but surprisingly good in the stereoscope. I guess looking at two pictures at the same time makes if more sharp.


Nice colored one.


Apparently weighing the baby was a big deal!

Not a bad haul in my opinion!


Turn the page: kinda reminds me of…

Whoa! Been awhile since I’ve done one of these.  For those of you who don’t know/remember, I bought a carte de visite album some time ago and I have been sharing the book page by page.

The next set of pictures is of a man and a woman.


The gentleman kind of reminds me of Benedict Cumberbatch.  Something about the face shape and the long legs.


Does anyone else see it or am I falling victim to binge watching Sherlock?

Tell me I’m not crazy!

Anyway, the doppelganger had the photo taken by Micklethwaite in Biggleswade which is frequently the photographer and location in this particular album so it is safe to assume the original owner of this album likely came from there.


My regular readers will know that I am typically more interested in the ladies and what they are wearing in these old photos so rather than waiting for the next blog post, I will talk about the young lady in these two pages of the book.


The hat! The jewelry! The pattern in the bodice fabric!  The lace on the sleeve!  All to die for!


Out of the album sleeve

She is also from England.  Heckmondwike is about 150 miles north of Biggleswade.  (What great names!)  Perhaps these two people knew each other or are related.


Back of the photo

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.

And now for the couple.

Last time I gave you a closer look of the young lady in the left hand page from my album.


This time I’ll share the couple.


I love this guy’s pose!  It looks very natural for him!  I can see him standing like this with “the guys talking shop”.


I like the stripes on her skirt and her jacket is wonderful!


This is the same photographer as the young girl but the back looks different.

So I wonder if these photographs were taken at the same time with the photographer finishing one batch of cards before switching to the new ones.  If this is the case, is the young girl related to the old couple (parents/daughter).  Or were they (more likely) taken at different times and the people live in the same town and they may or may not be related.