Some fun for Iggy


Today I have two CdVs, found in the big batch from ebay. They are not the same boy, because the face is just completely different from one photo to the other. Both photos appear to be from the early 1870s vintage and feature little boys in their darling dresses. Photo #1 on the left is identified on the back as Arthur Markley Lyter. Photo #2 on the right is identified as A. Markley Walker at age 2 years 3 months (possibly just 3 months). I find it interesting that they both are named A. Markley something. The photographer for Arthur Markley was Bishop Brothers in Altoona PA. The photographer for A. Markley is more difficult to make out, it appears to say “Ph, Zorn” on the left and “780 Spring Garden, Street” on the right.

UPDATE FROM IGGY: Photographer #2 was Ph. Zorn, a photographer in Philadelphia, PA. Also, so far records have revealed that Markley is a popular German surname in the Pennsylvania area, so these boys may be difficult to track. Arthur Markley Lyter was born in June 1879 and Arthur Markley Walker was born in September 1880, making these boys about one year apart in age. Cousins maybe? The common practice of giving a son his mother’s maiden last name as his middle name could have been at work here. Perhaps they were the sons of the last two daughters of a Markley line.


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