Mamma?

Next to our bearded portrait we find this lady. The same photographer was used and guessing by the fact that they are next to each other in the album, they are likely husband and wife. Note that she has some interesting jewelry shown. The necklace is of an interesting heavy chain that passes through a “bolo” type of clasp after wrapping twice around the neck and there is enough to drape on her chest, possibly with a watch or pin hidden under the lace of her dress. She also has a bar pin on her collar. Her dress appears to be heavily lace and quite fancy. I haven’t seen a bodice like that in the past, so I am wondering if she is wearing a shawl or paletot of some type.

Her face is similar to the woman in our family portrait. That family was photographed in Dakota Territory, but as Iggy pointed out, the train ran almost in a straight line from Pittsburgh to Dakota. Could this be the Mamma of that lady and Grandmamma of the boys?

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Turning the page of the Red Velvet album, we find this man. Although his is follically challenged on top, he is making up for it on his chin. The cabinet card is made of very dark green stock making the printed information a bit difficult to read. The gold is somewhat faded or worn which also does not help. However, squinting has revealed that the photographer was S. A. Smith of Cambridgeboro, PA. Cambridgeboro was a small borough of Cambridge Township, PA established in 1866. A history written in 1885 indicates that a photograph gallery is present, although it does not name the photographer.

The unnamed subject is wearing some type of pin on his jacket. It must have been important to him to wear it in his photograph. Perhaps it was a lodge or men’s club insignia.

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