Monday, May 25, 2009

Orphan Photo #18

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This photo is mounted on a card measuring 7”W x 9-1/4”H.  It appears that the card had rounded corners, or perhaps it has worn that way over time. 

The imprint reads:  Hennon, 623 Olive St., Saint Louis, 1903.

On the back is a handwritten note:  “no kin of ours.”

Is it yours?


Sunday, May 17, 2009

Orphan Photo #17

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This cabinet card features a wedding photo for Charlie Gattreu and Carrie Hamryharsen.  It was taken by Swetnam in Edina, Missouri.

I was able to find a Newton I. Swetnam in the 1900 census.  He is 32 years of age (born April 1868) and listed as a photographer in Knox Co., Missouri.  I suspect that this is the gentleman who took to photo.  According to the Zeltner Family Tree on Ancestry, Isaac Newton Swetnam was born on 4 April 1868 and died 29 November 1929.  Isaac/Newton is also listed in the 1910 census as a photographer in Macon Co., Missouri.

I also found a Charles Gattrell in the 1880 census, listed as 13 years of age, living in Adair Co., Missouri.  I am not sure if this is the Charles in question.  I was unable to find anything on Carrie. 

I then found a listing in the 1900 census for a Charles and Carrie Gottreu, ages 30 and 24 respectively, living in Lewis Co., Missouri.  It shows them as being married two years.  Based on this finding, I don’t believe the Charles mentioned above is the correct person as the information does not match up (i.e., age and parents’ place of birth differ, as does other information).

Based on the information obtained, I believe this photo is of Charles and Carrie Gattreu or Gottreu, who were living in Lewis Co., Missouri in 1900.  The photo was taken circa 1898, concluded based on the year of marriage listed in the 1900 census.  This also aligns with the photographer listed in the 1900 census.

Note:  All counties mentioned in the article are neighboring, in the northeastern part of Missouri.

WeddingThis was written for the Smile For the Camera carnival.  The theme for this edition is “Belles Weddings.”



1900 U.S. Federal Census; Center, Knox, Missouri; Roll: T623_868 Sheet 7B; Enumeration District: 37.

1910 U.S. Federal Census; Hudson, Macon, Missouri; Roll: T624_796; Sheet: 9A; Enumeration District: 78.

1880 U.S. Federal Census; Kirksville, Adair, Missouri; Roll: T9_671; Page: 42; Enumeration District: 147.

1900 U.S. Federal Census; Salem, Lewis, Missouri; Roll: T623_871 Sheet: 4B; Enumeration District: 57.


Orphan Photo #16

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According to this neat little website, Playle’s, it appears that this postcard was produced circa 1914 to 1917.  The name written on the back is Frances Kersey.  There is no other identifying information.

This post was written for the premier issue of A Festival of Postcards carnival.  The theme for this issue is “wheels.”


Monday, May 11, 2009

Orphan Photo #15

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Aren't they cute?  Twins perhaps?  There is no identifying information unfortunately.  The imprint reads McCormick, Quincy, Ill.


Monday, May 4, 2009

Orphan Photo #14

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This photo is cut in an oval and mounted on a decorative card.  There is no identifying information.  The imprint in the corner reads Wielmer, Quincy Ill.


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