Little Florence Gardner


Again in the same hand, we have two CdVs identified as Florence Gardner. She was a lovely child, obviously well loved to have had two photographs taken of her at such a young age. I’d guess the vintage of these photos is approximately 1885-1890, due to the clothing style in the photo on the right. She appears to be about 5 years old in that photo. Below are the backs of the CdVs.


Both photos were taken in Michigan. Allegan is about 20 miles from Plainwell, where Frank Buxton’s photograph was taken. Both are near Otsego, and the Kalamazoo River runs through the area. An historic map of the town shows a fairly good sized town with a hospital, three railroad lines, and a race track. It’s very interesting to study.


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