Wonderful weddings

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.

A few more photos from my last album buy

The next page in my cabinet card album is not what I personally want to see…an empty window and a 1950’s/60’s woman.

IMG_20190701_083215086Not my cup of tea but still pretty awesome!

The following page is better…for me!


The gent doesn’t do much for me.  I just can’t get into men’s fashions.  They all look the same to me so I can’t put a date on them.


But the woman!  Look at her!


The hat says Edwardian era to me.  The coat says she has money.  The spats says she has style!  I didn’t find much on the photographer (but neither did I put much effort into it).



The older couple and the 20 something girl

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.

Sorry about being MIA

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!



Latest addition to my collection


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.  IMG_20190701_082831621

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.


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!