Monday, July 27, 2009

Orphan Photo #26

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This CDV hails from Northampton, Massachusetts.  On the back, I believe it reads Ethel Frances Fernald and the year 1902.  A quick search on Ancestry revealed a few possibilities that will take some time to dig into to see if I can uncover some living relatives that may be interested in this photograph.


Monday, July 20, 2009

Orphan Photo #25

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This CDV is of Theodosia Currier, who was a teacher at Miss Buckingham’s School.  It was taken about 1896-1899 in Canton, Ohio. (All information was written on the back.)

I wasn’t able to find Theodosia in a quick search on Ancestry (and by quick I mean that I did spend two hours!!).  But it’s such an interesting photograph that I intend to keep looking to see if I can identify any family that would love to take ownership.


Monday, July 13, 2009

Orphan Photo #24

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This photograph was taken in Edinboro, Pennsylvania by the photography studio W. H. VanDyke & Son.  Unfortunately there is no identifying information for this wonderful lady.

I suspect that the photography studio was owned by William H VanDyke of Edinboro, Erie, Pennsylvania.  I was able to find him in the 1880 U.S. census, listed as an “artist.”  He died sometime between 1880 and 1900, as his widow was found in the 1900 census living in Buffalo, Washington, Pennsylvania with her son Henry.


1880 U.S. Federal Census; Edinboro, Erie, Pennsylvania; Roll  T9_1128; Page: 11; Enumeration District: 157.

1900 U.S. Federal Census; Buffalo, Washington, Pennsylvania; Roll  T623_1493 Page: 9B; Enumeration District: 118.


Monday, July 6, 2009

Orphan Photo #23

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This cabinet card hails from Ottawa, Illinois.  Since there is a stamp on the back that reads “Duplicate Ordered. Mar 1892” I would assume that the photo was taken around that time.  Unfortunately there is no identifying information for the woman in the photograph.

The photographer is W. E. Bowman (William Emory) and in the lower left on the back of the card it states that the gallery was established in 1865.  You can read more about the photographer in the article “Bowman Was a Big Name in Photography” by Mollie Perrot.


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