Turn the page: other side

The last entry I made about my cabinet card album was in the back pages, which is tin types and carte de visites.IMG_20160724_183532849

We looked at the left page. This time we will look at the right page.

The first photo is a tin type of a cute little gaffer with his gun.  Knowing Victorians, that thing probably does actually work!img_20160724_184846

The next is a tin type as well.  The subjects are two women (mother/daughter?) and my guess for date, based on clothes is the 1880’s.  Aren’t those hats wonderful!


Next is a tin type of two gents.  Love the wall!  It looks like boxes that have been paper mached to look like stone.


And finally, another tin type that I think comes from the 80’s.


The woman on the right is holding something in her hand but it is blurry.  I’m guessing she moved and I’m also guessing it is something like a folded fan.  Again, more cute hats and I’m loving that white dress!  A white dress is something I don’t have yet.  I might be a bit too old (and messy-the law of my life is I’m always wearing white when I eat spaghetti) to be wearing white. I associate white dresses with wealthy young single Victorian ladies.  Wealthy because white is a pain to keep clean…you need to not have to work, not have to worry about washing it yourself and not have to worry about replacing it if it gets ruined.  And I associate it with young single ladies because the debut dresses were all white.  Anyone know if 50+ women wore white? (The woman in the second photo above is older but my guess is she is closer to 30 than 50 and her dress is more tan than white.)


Turn the page: lady and gentlemen

Its been ages since I’ve done one of these.  For those you just popping by for a visit, a quick explanation.  Last year, the Hubby bought me a cabinet card album for our anniversary and I have been sharing the pages, one by one, with you good folks.  We are near the end of the book now, which typically, has carte de visites. IMG_20160724_183532849

I don’t have the energy to deal with all 8 of these in one sitting so we will focus on the left page.  The first is a bearded gentleman.IMG_20160724_184605

Full beard, not so full head of hair.  He is sporting a comb over.  Not the worse one I have seen!  There is some sort of cord around his neck.  I wonder what that is.  Anyone have any thoughts on that?

The back of the card has some writing that I think says J Little Photo Peterboro… Ont.


I’m taking a direct quote from this web site regarding the photographer:

James Little (1830-1910) and his wife Jane (nee Darling) (1840-1905) lived in Peterborough for about a dozen years, from 1874 to 1886. Little is one of the best-known Peterborough photographers because of his spectacular 1875 shots from the top of St. John’s Church and from the top of the Bradburn Opera building. He dominated the photographic exhibits at the Peterborough fairs in 1878, 1879 and 1880. James Little took over the photography shop that had been Robert Thompson’s, in the two-storey building on the east side of George just north of Simcoe Street. He was listed in the Ontario Gazeteer for 1885 as a photographer on George Street.

It appears that James Little and his wife returned to her family roots, and they farmed in Dummer Township.

And according to the above quote, the picture was taken between 1874 and 1886.

The next subject on the page is a woman.IMG_20160724_184706

I associate bangs with the 1880’s but the hair piled on top and trailing down the back seems more 1870’s.  Oval pictures were popular in the 70’s.  There is no further information on who this woman was or where she came from.

The third person is another male.IMG_20160724_184744There is print on the back of this one.IMG_20160724_184757 A quote from this site:

…the photographer John Palmer Clarke who was based at 7 Angel Hill & 31 Abbeygate St Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. …He was in business in Bury St Edmunds from 1868 to 1903. He was an assistant to his father from 1868 until approximately  1891 . His father John W Clarke had retired to Felixstowe and he took over the family business.

Since the carte has the initials JP and not JW, I assume it was taken after JP took over the business in 1891 and before he left it in 1903.

The last gentleman on the page is this fellow.  And this is a tin type and not a carte de visite.IMG_20160724_184818

It is wonderfully clear.  This technique was popular in the 1860’s-70’s but was not unheard of into the 1900’s.  Perhaps someone with greater knowledge of men’s fashions can hazard a guess on the date for me.



Turn the page: the carte de visites

The last time I shared my cabinet card album, we were on the last of the cabinet cards and starting the smaller pictures.5a5d

First, the baby.  I have no clue of dates or location.  I’m gonna guess “girl” because of the center part, but that is all I got.  Look at her toes!


Why does Liza Doolittle pop into my head when I look at this picture?IMG_20160724_183326802

Oval pictures became popular in the 1870’s and from what I can see of the dress, this seems plausible.  Love her cuffs!

There is some damage to the next picture but it is pretty sweet.IMG_20160724_183354941

Look at the beadwork!  The hair style is different isn’t it?  The hair style is “out there” which was common in the 70’s. There is also a fair amount of props for such a small photo so that could indicate a 70’s date as well.

No clues about date or location for this fellow with the whiskers!


Turn the page: okay I lied

I didn’t really lie, I just fudged the truth for ease of explanation.  In the last Turn the page post, I said that there were no more cabinet card pictures because the back of the book features carte de visites.   As you can see this was not the complete truth.5a

There is one more cabinet card of a very pretty girl.5b

What great eyes!  And she has some very nice jewelry and the embroidery(?) on her bodice is wonderful!  I like that it is asymmetrical.   I wonder what the bottom half looked like.5c

Her photograph was taken in Sudbury Ontario by AJ Lothian, who we see and find out about  earlier on in the album.

This is the fellow who had his photograph done by the same fellow in the same town.SAM_3344

If these two are not related I would be totally surprised!

The next time we do this “turn the page” stuff, we will look at the carte de visites on the next page.5d


Turn the page: last of the Cabinet Cards

This post will be the last of the cabinet cards in my antique photo album.  The last few pages are carte de visite  sized (the smaller photographs that some used to hand out to and trade with friends and visitors).

4aCloser view of the one on the left.4bThere is not to much on this card for dating.  The dress appears to be a bustle.  There is quite a bit going on the skirt which I like a lot. They look so young don’t they?  I also like that I can clearly see that hems didn’t always drag on the ground like they seem to in fashion plates!  I think the higher hems were more common in the 1880’s, which fits the general dates of most of the cards in the album.

This next couple is more modern, moving towards the turn of the century.  She either has a very short hair cut or very thin hair in a bun in the back.  The side part for a woman is not too common.  Her fella is quite handsome I must say!

4c 4d

J Leary and Co was working in St. Mary’s Ontario from 1891-96 so this is a later card than I have been finding in my album.  Hope you enjoyed!

Turn the page: possible last name

It has been a month and a half since my last posting about my cabinet card album.  Sorry about that.  Hopefully, this post will worth the wait.3a

We will start with the photo on the right because we want to finish this post with a bit of a bang.3d

This poor thing got into the hands of a child.  Luckily, the damage isn’t so bad that we can’t see the ladies.3e

My guess is this is a daughter/mother photo because they look related.  “Mom’s” hair is firmly 1880’s.  Daughter’s is smoother and bigger on the top…transitioning towards Gibson girl hair perhaps.  Her sleeves are pretty big too.  So my guess for dating is late 80’s-early 90’s.  The embossed border started in 1894 so perhaps my estimate of early 90’s is most accurate.

Okay, now for the good stuff!3b

Nice family photo and I think this is my first photograph with a pet!  We have 4 children, 2 of which are plainly boys.  The other 2, I can’t guess.  They are before the age of breeching (switching to pants) and the hair seems to be combed forward.  Center parts imply girls and side parts are boys in the Victorian era-I don’t know what combing forward means.  If I were to guess based on their dresses I’d say the older one is male.  There is lace but the pleats seem hard and crisp and that says male to me.  There is much more lace on the youngest one so perhaps this is a girl.

The gold mine is on the back!3c

Someone has taken the time to label this.  Annie McVictie -> and children.  This I interpret as Annie is the mother of these 4 children.  Lucy Reilly (Grandma. This I interpret as the other woman is named Lucy Reilly and she is the writer’s grandmother.

The name Lucy came up before. There is a card labelled “to Lucy” and I hoped this meant that Lucy owned the album.  Now Lucy has a last name…Reilly!  There is another card in the album that says “to Uncle Will”.   So potentially, the album owners are Will and Lucy Reilly.  I ran these names on Google but didn’t get far…I kept hitting sites that want me to pay money to see what they can offer.  If I wont do it to trace my own kin, I wont do it to trace strangers!

Now my question is, “which lady is Lucy?”  The lady on the left seems to be sitting closer to the younger children and seems to be holding the baby so I think she is Annie.  Also the inscription lists the non-family member first so I think the writer labeled the people in the same order as their seating arrangement.  So I think the lady on the right is our cabinet card album owner!  I will have to go back over the album and see if I can find more photos of her or at least look for family resemblances.

Turn the page: Bar pin beauties

The next page in my cabinet card album features two women who both happen to be wearing bar pins.2a

The lady on the left seems to be a blond with a kind, round face and bright eyes.2b

Her photograph was taken in Buffalo NY by J.R. Potter2cPotter worked in Buffalo 1863-1908.  Sometimes he worked with others and sometimes he worked alone.  He was working alone at this address from 1882-91.2d

The other lady does not have any markings on her card to give clues to location or dates.2e

She seems considerably younger and she seems to have very short hair. She may have a bun at the back but she seems to have very short hair around her face.  She also has something on her head, either a small hat or ribbons.  If she is as young as she seems then ribbons would seem the correct thing on her head.