Lizzie Papa Herb

Today’s photograph is from my family’s collection. It is a cabinet card with three subjects, and on the back is written “Lizzie Papa Herb.” Unfortunately, I don’t know which man is which. Papa would have been my grandfather’s father, making this Albert E Nunn along with his brother Herbert and sister Elizabeth. Based on a later photograph of Papa in which he has a mustache, I’m taking a total guess the gentleman on the right is he. Albert was born in 1871, Herbert in 1869 and Elizabeth in 1868. There were seven brothers and sisters in all with these three being the youngest.

I just love how the crossed legs are at exactly the same angle with the supporting legs also at the same angle. Lizzie and Papa are looking one direction while Herb is looking the other. I suppose it would have looked odd for all three of them to be gazing off in the same direction. Lizzie has a lovely bodice to her dress, with wide lapels and a slightly pursed front that suggests the pigeon breast look. This tells me the photo was made some time in the later 1890s when they were all in their twenties.

The photographer was R. D. Ryerson in Detroit, Minnesota. What? I think I know my geography pretty well, but yes, there once was a Detroit, MN! It was founded in 1871 and up until 1926 was called Detroit; it’s name was changed to Detroit Lakes to distinguish the little burgh from the larger one in Michigan. You can click through here for a brief history of the little town. This actually clears up a tiny bit of confusion in our genealogy, in which I had thought my grandfather had been born in Detroit, MI. At some point pieces of the large family moved again, some to Delaware and others to Virginia, where many Nunn descendants remain today.

UPDATE: As my mother reminded me, depending on which part of the family you talk to, Albert could either be called Papa or Apa. 


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