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: nearing the end

I’m almost at the end of my carte de visite book.  The next page is a child and then the more modern photos start to appear.


How did that woman get herself up on that fence post?


(Sorry for the blurry photo.)  Don’t worry, there is a better one here. I guess they had more than one copy of this photo so they slid it to the back of the book.

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!




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!