Now that the Cubs have won the World Series, it’s time for football! This is from an era when padding and helmets were not anything like what our players wear today, and CTE was not even on the radar as a possible complication for boys in their futures. This young fellow looks ready to hit the gridiron and score! Do you think he was the QB or a lineman? Based on the photo style, I’m suggesting the 1920s or 1930s. I can’t make out the photographer’s signature in the lower right corner.




Item #1 – E. B. Scott


Item #2 – A sailor from Tennessee


Item #3 – E. B. Scott & another sailor


Item #4 – a deck shot

I found these photos in what I call “the great Tennessee vacation photo haul.” A couple months back I teased you about these, a large collection of photos I gathered at “the world’s longest yard sale” in Tennessee. I have a massive collection of photos and holiday cards to share with you, and these four seemed like a good place to start!

The photos have inscriptions, as follows:

Item #1 – Front labeled E. B. Scott

Item #2 – no inscription

Item #3 – The background is the Bay. The guy with me is Earl Scott from Johnson City, Tenn.

Item #4 – This was taken on the Starboard side of the Quarter Deck looking aft

Anyone who knows vintage military uniforms is welcome to comment on what you think may be the era of these photos/uniforms. As it is, I can’t really make a guess because the photos themselves follow a style that was popular for 20+ years.

In remembrance

Isa W

Striped bow tie


Isa back W

A memorial card?

From Gloucester, England we have a portrait of an older gentleman photographed by S. S. Soley. Someone inscribed on the back “In Remembrance of 17th Oct 70.” The date could possibly be 12th or something else, there seems to be an extra scratch of ink and it looks like a 4 upside down or an H. Regardless, this image can be fairly well dated to 1870, which was possibly the date of death of the man pictured on the front.


My latest photo

Rudd 23

Jack Dicaslito?

The back of this real photo postcard indicates this is possibly Jack Dicaslito, or it could have been sent to Jack. The exact text is:

Jack Dicaslito


B. F. Rudd

Green Forest, Ark

The city there could also possibly be Drum Forest or Rain Forest, but I’m leaning toward Green Forest. The postcard itself doesn’t have any of the nice stamp box insignia that helps date these postcards. My guess is it was somewhere between 1910-1930.


This 1890-1910s cabinet card also came from my Denver trip and features a young girl, her grandmother and grandfather, and an uncle. There was writing on the back in a beautiful German hand identifying them and also giving us Onkel Emil and Helene as two of the names. On the front under the photo it says “Me” under Helene. I am a bit loose with the dating on this because the style of mounting is more similar to post 1900 photo mounts and the photo also appears to have been taken in a home setting, versus a studio setting. The individuals are seated on some type of high backed bench and the wall is papered and adorned with objects I can’t quite identify…candle holders? religious icons?

Had I realized the pricing noted on the backs of these photos in Denver was wrong I would have purchased more! They all stated very clearly $5, but then the shop only charged $1. I put back so many others that appeared related to this one, and then my friends called me from the restaurant (where ARE you???) and I didn’t get time to return. Ah, regrets…

E. Gill



Up for your consideration is a photograph identified as E. Gill. Popular men’s names starting with E in the 1860s were Edward, Edwin, Eugene, Eustace, Edgar, Ebenezer, Ephrahim….the list goes on. Perhaps Iggy can find an E. Gill who was born around 1840-1845 and who is obviously related to the Hendrickson family.

The photographer used here was Richard Walzl‘s Palace of Photography in the Marble Building, No 103 W Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD.

Civil War Era Album

Recently, I acquired a photo album that dates back to the 1860s, during the time when CdV portraiture was really taking off and photo albums became more common. The carte de visite (CdV) became available in 1859 and thrived throughout the following decades. Numerous soldiers engaged in the American Civil War took the time to be photographed in their uniform for family and loved ones to see them looking “just so,” and young ladies and gentlemen after the war took the opportunity to present themselves in the best possible fashion to their friends and prospective beaux.

Small leather bound album

Of course, any photo album can be used long after it was made or acquired by the owner, and so we often find photographs that are “younger” than the actual age of the album held lovingly within the gilded openings. This particular photo album is one such. It has openings for 30 CdVs, with approximately half being of the 1860s and the rest having been made in the 1870s. And of the 29 images enclosed within its leather binding, only one has a complete name. Truly a shame!

Side clasps

The album probably had a chain or handle of some type that attached to these side clasps. You can just see a shadow going down the middle of the gilt, in between the two clasps, although I don’t know what was there. The clasp on the right has a pair of interlocked rings, but they are missing from the left side.


The leather is tooled in intricate scrolls and turns, gilded in places, and even the spine is lovely, displaying the pride in workmanship as well as the pride of ownership that was more evident 150 years ago. A person would have been proud to have this spine showing on his bookshelf. The album itself is approximately 4.5″ wide by 5.5″ high and only about 1 1/2″ thick. The inside leaves are buff white with gilded openings, each page holding one photo that slides in from the bottom of the page. Very few pages are torn (which is common with old albums) and the photos are arranged in such a way that mostly alternates male/female photos. Many of the photos were made by the same photographer in Cumberland, MD so they are likely related in some fashion. We will go through these photos over the next few weeks, but I will start you off today with image number 1.



An unidentified man, photographed by T. L. Darnell of Cumberland, MD. I found a record of Thomas L. Darnell (1826-1908) having been a native of Maryland, and he was also well known as a stereoscopist in the 1890s. He was the preferred photographer for the people in this album and we will see many over the course of the album.

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