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Vintage and Antique Photo Albums with Photographs inside.

MIRIAM ELDRIDGE – North Dakota Album Pages

No theme this week, just some more album pages I have worked on. Happy 100 Sepia Saturday to Everyone! I did write my “100” entry 2 weeks ago and it is the Tait and Lingenfelter Album entry which you can go back a little to view.

From Antelope Valley, Ca Swap Meet
Found some pages from an album someone once made. Had to dig through the trunk and find what items went together. We have our swap meet twice a year here, I went back just recently in October and the same vendor was there with the trunk of photos and I went through it again and found more photos from this family after seeing locations, photographers and writing on backs, but they wanted around $8-$10 per photo. So I had to pass as I dont normally spend that much on one individual photo unless the content just really screams at me something special.

Remember to click on any images for a larger view.
Says “Johnny and Doris” on the back, part is torn off as it was once glued on the black paper, it looks like the last name may say “Griswold” but the first letter is missing or any others. Taken at “Osborn Studio, Dickinson, N.D.”

This one reads “Johnny 1908″ Cabinet Card Photo from “Currie, Dickinson, N.D.”

These ones says “Homer” and then “The two Dorothy’s – Dorothy Meadows and Our Dorothy”

On the backside of this page there is this photo

It reads “Taken when Homer was studying Photography. The top two he calls “firelight pictures” and he was making tests with a new lens. The lower right was taken in 1914″. Sadly this page was cut off and I just have a small portion of the red firelight photo.

Now we get to the fun ones! Well I enjoyed this one album page that is almost fully intact front and back. It says “When I was a little girl. Upper Left Dorothy and I”

At left – Dorothy and I in front of the old farm house, south of Mott, North Dakota. 1916

Last page reads

Top Photo

My fifth Birthday September 3, 1915 (all the children are numbered so you can place who is who)

1. Caroline Rockwell

2. Laveta Acklin

3. Genevieve McCain

4. Fern Acklin

5. Ruthy Boyd

6. Glenna Mae Acklin

7. Ramona Iverson

8. Miriam Eldridge

9. Sibil Iverson

10. Dorothy Rockwell

I love the photo on the left that says “Me, with my Christmas favorites, 1915″

As I am writing this blog I have finally figured out who wrote these pages! Miriam! As I can peel back some of the photo of the girl with her dolls and see it says “Miriam” on the back in old ink script. And Miriam is in the party photo listed as “Miriam Eldridge”

The other photo says “Seventh Birthday, 1917. Eileen Ducansen, Edna Chin and Ruth Boyd in Back. Lucy Hastings, me, ?, Glenna Acklin, Cera Bintz, ?, in front.”

Photos at bottom right are “Miriam with her cupid doll”

and “Take with a little friend on a wintery North Dakota Day”

Census info found on the net.

Marion Edelle Griswold 3 Sept 1910 North Dakota to 30 Jan 1981 Sacramento CA. …..don’t know husbands name.
Mother Olive maiden name is Lank 13 Sept 1868-1 Sept 1946 SD CA
Father James E.  5 dec 1870-1954 SD CA
Homer Russell Eldridge Jan 28, 1895- Oct 14 1995 Placer CA
Percy Hawthorne Eldridge (twin) Jan 28, 2895-Aug 6 1987  SD CA
Harold Eldridge May 1897-
Dorothy Mary Eldridge Kingsley  10 Sept 1899-12 Aug 1992 Sacramento CA

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Photo Album – Musicians, Actors and Performers

This weeks prompt at Sepia Saturday reminded me of a Photo Album I have so it was time to pull it out. It is the most expensive Photo Album I have purchased, found it in Ventura, Ca. It is also in the best condition of any album I do have. I have not really narrowed down who this album once belonged too, there are some photos with names on them, but no related names so far, and there is a variety of different types of photos. Family photos, and what looks like various performer photos, then some pages of tin types.

For this weeks theme Im featuring Musicians and What looks to be Performers. I will add another blog soon with more details from this album and other information. For those who are knowledgeable on instruments or any details surrounding any photos feel free to chime in, any helpful information is appreciated!

Cabinet Card Photo has the name “Frank Simmons” written on the back in pencil. There is no other info nor a photography studio. Photo is faded looking and you can see its poorly centered with the backdrop they used.

This one is a CDV of a man holding a Trombone? Says “Albee Bros.,Machias, ME”

Arent these 2 kids gorgeous? Written on the back in ink is, “Benny and I at the Operetta”, Photographer – A.D. Burk, Cleveland, Ohio. When looking up Operetta I found this on Wikipedia-

Operettas are usually shorter than operas, and are usually of a light and amusing character. Operettas are often considered less “serious” than operas.

The operetta is a precursor of the modern musical theatre or “musical”. In the early decades of the 20th century, the operetta continued to exist alongside the newer musical, with each influencing the other.

The main difference between the two genres is that most operettas can be described as light operas with acting, whereas most musicals are plays with singing.

At first I thought this may have been some type of military uniform but my mother looked it over and said it looks more like a costume rather then an actual military uniform.

This last photo is my favorite in the entire album! Photographer is “James” Iowa City, Iowa”. What do you suppose he is? Makes me think of a Circus Master, or some Snake Oil Salesman pitching his goodies to a crowd. Everything down to his beard and mustache, his top hat, His Polka Dot Bowtie, is fabulous! I really wish this one had some writing on it, I wonder who he was. Some fun creative writing prompts could come from these.

Other photos in the album with information on them include….

Rock Island, Quincy, Illinois

IOWA – Iowa City, Cedar Rapids, Waterloo, Clinton, What Cheer

Seattle, Wash Territory

Cornelia F. Follett, 2-19-1865, Providence, R.I. CDV Photo, Woman

Edith Clifton Follett, 2-19-1965 CDV photo, child

Cornelia (born 1833) is the daughter of Leander M. Ware born in 1803 in Mass and Frances C. Ware born and died 3-30-1883, in 1880 Census he is living in Providence, R.I. with Cornelia and her daughter Edit Clifton Follett, born 1861 (last name can also be spelled Follette)

Photo of store, “E.M. Johnson & Son Boots and Shoes” “J. Hanson Dry Goods and Gents Furnishings” address 7000

Ord, Nebraska

Kansas City, Mo

W Lodzi, Nowy Rynek No. 6

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Tait and Lingenfelters Photo Album – Sepia Saturday

I tend to work on pictures weekly, and sometimes I get lucky and can go along with a theme of the week, other times once I see the theme at Sepia Saturday I go back into other photos not featured yet but that I know will fit perfectly with the theme. After I did my last weeks entry, I got to work on a photo album, I have several albums, but have yet to do a really good entry showcasing an actual album, well let me take that back, I did some of the fellas trip a few weeks back. So my theme is the 100 Theme, These photos arent exactly 100 yrs old, but they are pretty close! The first photo in the album is dated 1915. I would like you all to meet the Tait and Lingenfelters.

There are no names on the couple at the start of the album, the caption is “July 1915″. My guess is that its John and Florence (Lingenfelter) Tait. The photos following have captions centering around the Tait Children (Barbara and Norma are named) with various grandparents. I love this photo that says “Norma and 7 Grandparents” what an amazing photo to have and to have all of those grandparents together all at one time in one photo is such an amazing piece of family history!

While searching Google for any info on Norma, I surprisingly found an ebay auction that has already ended and sold but it was for Norma’s Baby Book! The seller took many photos and on one of them it shows Norma’s newspaper birth announcement! Here is what it says

“Born July 8, 1916. Norma Kathryn, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.Tait, was born at the M.D. Tait home Saturday afternoon. While she dont know it yet, and at this stage of lifes game would no doubt be quite unaffected by it, the little youngster has nine grand-parents and great grand-parents living-being as follows; Ms. M.M. Bondurant, Mrs. M.E. Lingenfelter, Mr. and Mrs J.V. Lingenfelter, Mr. and Mrs. John Tait Sr., Mrs. M.J. Eichler, and Mr. and Mrs. M.D. Tait”

Also listed in the ebay listing are oodles of photos of the Grandparents, Norma, her baby feet imprints, lock of hair, her first party, The Silver Anniversary of her Grandparents, a stitched piece of cloth, her first card, all wonderfully documented and placed in this album that was sold. I did make contact with the woman who purchased it who is trying to find relatives also.

From what I can recall, Im trying to find info or Norma’s Obituary, but I believe neither of the girls, Norma or Barbara had children of their own, Barbara had step children. So I know the family line may have come to a halt there, but perhaps the Lingenfelter side is out there with some interest. I would think it was Florence Tait who did all of these albums and took such great detail and kept wonderful momentos with the albums. So its nice to know two of us out there intercepted and saved them.

To take a look at the Baby Book (as long as the ebay link is still valid) you can go here to see..

http://www.ebay.com/itm/1919-Baby-Album-Norma-Tait-Braymer-MO-Family-Photos-/110729294205#ht_500wt_1287

Now back to the album I have.

There are pages that are bare along the way in the album, either stripped out by family or picked out before I came along, I found this album in an Antique shop in Scottsdale, Az. I also see that Barbara Tait died in Mesa, Az not far from where I found the album. Her obituary…

January 16, 1922 – September 30, 2010
Barbara Tait Schwarzenbach
Mesa, Arizona

Barbara Tait Schwarzenbach passed away peacefully on Thursday, September 30, 2010 at the Joan and Diana Hospice Home in Kingman, Arizona.

Barbara was born January 16, 1922 in Des Moines, Iowa the daughter of Dr. John and Florence (Lingenfelter) Tait.

Barbara attended schools in Des Moines and graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1940 and Drake University in 1944. She was a member of Alpha Xi Delta Sorority, P.E.O. Sisterhood and Daughters of the American Revolution. She taught ART in the Public Schools in Iowa, California and Des Plaines, Illinois for several years.

Barbara married Jean W. Schwarzenbach in June 1971. They enjoyed traveling which included many trips abroad. Later they retired to Leisure World in Mesa, Arizona.

Barbara was preceded in death by her husband, Jean; parents, Dr. John and Florence Tait; sister, Norma Tait and her grandparents.

http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx?n=Barbara-Schwarzenbach&lc=4511&pid=145822078&mid=4401049

The album is the usual family photos, neighbor photos, home photos, some travel, Swimming in Spicer, Minn, fishing in Hayward, Wisconsin, Norborne, Missouri Tornado Damage of May 1, 1930, and then a series of empty pages with photos removed, then near the end are 2 larger photos. One labeled “Oct 6, 1929 Vienna Austria” and the other a group on a ship posing on deck looking up at a photographer shooting the photo above them all and that reads “December 21, 1929 Homeward Bound”.

My mother helps me out with all of her research skills and sites she belongs to and found a fabulous newspaper article, and I dont have a copy of it, and it was hard to read online and some of the wording was super faint as it was a scanned image of a 1940s newspaper article. As I read the article I was thrilled! Do you know how exciting it is to read something that is shown in an album you have been working on, it makes the pictures come to life, gives you the context and more back story to these people. So please enjoy the newspaper story, I inserted the 2 photo album photos in the appropriate sections.

Newspaper Ames Daily Tribune, Ames, Iowa November 27,1940

Miss Norma Tait, senior at Iowa State and assistant teacher at Ames High School, discloses among her fondest memories a four month’s stay in Austria during 1929 while her father, Dr. John H. Tait of Des Moines, with taking post-graduate work at the University of Vienna.


Miss Tait with her parents and grandmother sailed from Montreal in July. They landed in Scotland and traveled through Holland, Belgium and Switzerland before arriving in Vienna.
There are several points of interest that stand out in Miss Tait’s memory of Vienna. She was greatly impressed by the kindness and courtesy shown by the Vienese people to the tourist trade. She found a definite lack of deparment stores, there being only two in the whole city, but the great number of small quaint shops made up for that.
Miss Tait said that even then there was much political unrest and very often one had to be cautious of street fights. On patriotic holidays they would not leave their home, and great metal shutters protected the windows of shops and homes.
Beggars Day, a day set aside by the officials once a week to rid the street of them was a sight very strange to her, “The lower classes are a poorly dressed and very stricken people” she continued.
“We had planned to be in New York by Christmas but it was rumored aboard ship that we would be late because of a 15 foot crack in the side of our ship making it necessary to come back by way of a southern route to avoid storms” said Miss Tait.

How scary! I wouldnt want to be aboard a ship with a 15 foot crack! Just glad it didnt turn into a tragic story of a sinking ship with guests on board!

I also want to thank the comments from readers about the Charabanc. When I read your comments I had no idea what that was. I had to go look it up and see it is the vehicle transporting everyone in the Vienna, Austria Photo. From Wikipedia

Before World War I, motor charabancs were used mainly for day trips, as they were not comfortable enough for longer journeys, and were largely replaced by motor buses in the 1920s.

The charabanc of the 1920s tended to last only a few years. It was normal at the time for the body to be built separately to the motor chassis, and a number were fitted in summer only, a second goods body would be fitted in its place in winter to keep the vehicle occupied.

Charabancs normally were open, with a large canvas folding hood stowed at the rear in case of rain, like a convertible motor car. If rain started, this had to be pulled into position, a very heavy task, and it was considered honorable for the male members of the touring party to assist in getting it into position. The side windows would be of mica.

The charabanc offered little or no protection to the passengers in the event of an overturning accident, along with a high center of gravity when loaded (and particularly if overloaded), which combined with the popularity of excursions to tourist attractions at coastal villages, etc. approached down steep and winding roads led to a number of unfortunate fatal accidents which contributed to their early demise.

John Tait Obituary
John H. Tait, 77, of 714 Fifty-fourth St. He had practiced in Des Moines for 43 yrs before retiring in 1961, died of a cerebral hemorrhage. He was a past president of the Polk County Medical Society and the Cosmopolitan Club. A horse exhibitor at the Iowa State Fair for 25 yrs, he was a member of that association’s hall of fame.

Florence Tait Obituary

Des Moines Register, Iowa, Oct. 1974

Mr. Florence Lingenfelter Tait, 82, of 714 Fifty-fourth St., the granddaughter of a pioneer central Iowa family. Born in Grant City, Mo. She was the granddaughter of A.C. Bondurant, founder of the town of Bondurant. 2 daughters, Norma Tait of Des Moines, and Mrs. Barbara Schwarzenbach of Park Ridge, Ill. 2 sisters, Mrs. Lela Livingston of Mesa, Az. , and Mrs. Lois Helser of Capistrano Beach, Ca and 2 brothers Fred B. Legenfelter of Rochelle, Ill and Dr. Robert Lingenfelter of Round Roch, Tex.

This photo above had everyones names written on it, and once I checked Census records I had a perfect match…

Lingenfelter in 1900 Grant city, Worth, Missouri Census Records

Father James Valentine
Mother Florence
(her parents- Father: Alexander Conley Bondurant and Mother: Margaret Marilla Brooks)
Daughter Florence E. (who is Florence Tait in first photo of this post)
Son Cleo J.
Son Fred B.
Daughter Lela M.
There is also another son named BEN that is not in the census record

Florence’s Father was Alexander Bondurant, who the town is named after, to get history on the man the town visit this site. I am not sure if both of them are the grandparents in some of the photos but suspect at least Margaret is pictured in the album I have.

http://www.cityofbondurant.com/about/history/alexander-c-bondurant.aspx

There are a couple quotes inside plastic sleeves tucked loosely in the album, one had a quote by N.V. Peale, I slid it out to find a tiny sheet of paper behind it folded in half with pencil writing on it. I transcribed it the best I could, since it was folded for so long the words bled onto the opposite side making it harder to read, I wrote down what parts I could make out as follows…….

“I am not really a person who craves attention. I think speaking out probably would…….

I attain love by being a good daughter to my father and giving love in return. I hug my father and kiss him.

Understanding

I get support from the Day Hospital by them listening to my problems.

Acceptance

I get acceptance from my family as …. along with what they want me to do and…”

This is my second blog entry to find an old photo of a home and then link it up to a photo of it today. The house below is listed in the album I have

House 747 37th Street, Des Moines, Iowa today on Google Maps, it was built in 1916, I always love finding a home that is still standing and to see with older photos, I just love the old car in the driveway in first snapshot!

There is another home address listed in the ebay auction for Norma’s Baby Book. It says “Our First Real Home, 3312 Highland Ave., Kansas City, Mo” and there are photos of that house front and back in the baby book.

Other identifying information in the album

1. Neighbors children, Franklin and George Sawyer, who are listed in the 1930 Census for Polk, Iowa. Their family is Franklin L. and Martha W. Sawyer. Children are Franklin L., George W. and Edward S.

2. James Lingenfelter – son of Cleo

3. Photo of children – Georgina Munger, Betty Sinclair, Launita Munger and Jane Sinclair

I am by no means done with this album and I want to spend more time on this blog but wanted to get it up in time for Sepia Saturday this week, so please check back if this particular blog interests you as I will be adding more information as I find it.

Photo albums are one of my favorite things to find, and I have a stack of them accumulated now, most of the others are older then this one, 1800s, and very time consuming to work on. One has to be careful just turning the pages on them. I love albums though, they are a story, they are someones life documented, a piece of history, so please please dont ever strip an old photo album apart! Keep it together! And if you have any in your family, PLEASE put notes of those relatives you do know in the album, because if nobody jots any notations, nobody knows who they are looking at for future generations or should these albums end up lost like so many I find. I often wonder if many of these end up in estate sales after someones death with nobody claiming them or finding them and that is how they end up out there lost. Later to be donated to a charity, sold at an estate sale or auction. Fortunately there are many of us nowadays rescuing and collecting them. But I cant imagine how many get stripped apart or tossed in a trash can.

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Coast Guard Horse Patrol – Sepia Saturday

This weeks theme for Sepia Saturday was perfect, just what I needed!

I have mentioned how some of my items are going to a relative who came upon my blog, these photos came from an auction, a box of photos. I had scanned all my faves awhile ago to use for blogs because there were so many pictures in this group, and then there were a few I wanted to use the most, they were just some fun shots, This week is a leggy woman on a wood horse with a ball and mallet. Well Ive got a man in uniform, with a gun and pack on his back on a rolling makeshift horse of sorts too!

Hazing ritual? Or just a bunch of guys clowning around? Now I dont know if these guys were part of the actual US Coast Guard Horse Patrol. But as I read through the story of the Horse Patrol on the webite I have quoted from below, I went through the box of photos again, and to my surprise continued to find photos lining up with what was written about the US Coast Guard Horse Patrol. Which I found quite exciting! I have placed the photos along the way through the text to show you how they seem to fit perfectly! Please read the website in full as there is so much more history there to read about the Horse Patrol, I just quoted some tidbits.

World War II Coast Guard Horse Patrol by Dan Hoff

“Most of the men were a little startled by the prospect of roaming along the beaches on horses, but it turned out to be a good idea. Each man assigned to the actual patrolling had his own horse and gear he was responsible for. The stations near the ranches now used the facilities at hand with the cooperation and help of the ranchers. A “genuine” cavalry officer from the First World War was assigned to the unit as the official Coast Guard Veterinarian. …

I was so happy to go through the box and find pictures of horses, I was wondering if they were just regular old family photos, but then if you see the last photo it is of a stable, and it says “US COAST GUARD” over the doors. So Bingo!

“Now the men patrolled the beaches on horseback and could cover more area than before….In the areas that weren’t accessible by horses the patrols on foot continued. Often the men used dogs. These were regular attack dogs that could only be handled by one man and were not to be fooled with by anyone else. The majority of these were German Shepherds.”

Another Match! Also found our guy with a Collie also in another shot.

“With the horses and dogs came the establishment of a landline communications system. Phone lines, strung on poles or occasionally underground, ran from just north of Trinidad to the Mattole River. Every few miles or so along the patrol route were small shacks where the men could stop for a rest and a cup of coffee, and to check in with headquarters. This phone system was set up just for the use of the beach patrol and was dismantled when the program was terminated.
In its nearly two years of full operation from September of 1942 to the summer of 1944 the program had served its purpose well under the initial hardships of a lack of equipment and time to prepare the program. The men in the initial unit of 80 sailors from the Midwest did their work well and were appreciated by the local community for guarding the beaches that were potentially open to the enemy for sabotage or any other panic causing disruptions that could have occurred. Many members of this unit continue as friends to this day. After all, you couldn’t help but get to know your partner while you were trudging through sand all night in those early days of the patrol.”

I did a previous blog on the Coast Guard and General Cable Co, for those who remember all the men on the telephone pole? These also seem to line up and match with what is written, to see the phone line photos go to this entry..

http://savethephotos.wordpress.com/2011/06/25/coast-guard-and-general-cable-sepia-saturday/

“Yes, there really were mounted Coast Guardsmen, galloping up and down the Humboldt beaches on horseback over 40 years ago during World War II. Perhaps they were an odd sight then, and still would be today if they were needed for such action along our damp and often storm plagued beaches of Humboldt County”

From

http://www.jacksjoint.com/horsepatrol.htm

Since I have been researching and working on these photos quite a bit, I feel Ive come to know this family, Ernie and his sister Rita, his parents, the Greek relatives, his Coast Guard years, and so much more. I can’t wait to hear what his relatives have to say and what gaps they can fill in or what history they will uncover.

I will miss you Ernie! Fitting way to see him off before his photos go back to family.

Pete David Ernie Kolleas Born July 30, 1925, Died Feb. 16, 2010.

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Reverend Zelah and Celia Farmer – Illinois

SEPIA SAT Post
( I didnt have time this week to work on the theme, but as usual I have more found photos to share with everyone!)

These were part of an album but were stripped out and sold separately, I could not afford to buy the actual photo album but jotted down notes inside of it to put with the photos that were sold individually and the first page was included with all the photos from the album (yes this makes me sad when sellers break things apart like this and sell them one by one, it makes my heart sink)

The photo album front page says “Presented to Rev. Z.J.W. and Mrs. Farmer by Friends, Pocahontas, Ill. Christmas 1892″

The first two photos were unmarked but look to me to be a young Zelah and Celia, if you compare with the later photos of them. They are enclosed in cardboard sleeves and are CDV size it appears.

From Find a Grave and Census records Ive combined the following info…
Father – Zelah J. Wesley Farmer – Born July 1860, Died 1936 in California
Mother - Celia Laura (Vaughn maiden name) Born March 11, 1858, Died may 18, 1927 Upland, Ca

Married April 13, 1882 in Belleville, St. Clair Co., Illinois.

I can find Celia as the daughter of William Vaughn who was a Fisherman in Illinois and there is a CDV photo labeled “WM Vaughn” in this batch. She also had a bother named Dave William Vaughn so this could be him also.

Found this mention of the Rev here

“In 1900, many families moved from Kentucky to New Baden and organized the first Protestant church in town. Services were held in the old school house known as Port Arthur, which at that time was located next to the cemetery on East Hanover Street. Rev. Zelah FARMER was the Pastor”

http://clintonilgenweb.net/churches/nbumc/history.php

These photos are labeled as such on the back
Photographer “C.H. Shields, Greenville, Ill” “Rev. Zelah Wesley Farmer, Celia, Children L-R Albin, Loy and Roy” the info about the family was jotted in the album but I copied this info and attached it with a post it to the back. I know some of the spellings may be a little off but I wrote them down as they were put in the album.

Second Photo, the faded one is labeled

Photographer – “De Moulin Ground Floor Studios, Greenville, Ill and Highland, Ill”

Info from notes on photos, various sites and census records, mainly the 1900 census in Illinois

Daughter – Celia Laura “Albin” – Born March 10, 1883 Illinois, Died Dec. 20, 1922, Upland, Ca
Sons Twins – Alonzo Loy Farmer Born Jan 29, 1885 Died June 28, 1899
and William Marshall Roy Farmer, Born Jan 29, 1885
Daughter – Lela Mabel Born Oct. 1891 Died Dec 6. 1930, Upland, Ca
Daughter – Aleda Maud Born January 1894, Died April 1987
Son – Paul Lowell Born Nov. 1898

In this photo below we have Albin, Lela and Aleda Farmer taken by “W.G. Neely, Mulberry Grove, Ill”

I have more photos in this batch, many of the children, and perhaps some other relatives.

Wish I could find more info on the Reverend, not too much out there on google that I can find, and I wonder if he had a church when he came to California, the city that it shows them in around their death is where my big sister lives and a really nice place. Their gravestones are there so perhaps I can make a trip and go visit their graves, its about an hour and a half from me.

Hope some relatives comes along at some point to help add some more commentary.

Hope you have enjoyed!

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US Coast Guard Photos – Sepia Saturday

Since trains have been a common theme lately on many Sepia Saturday Posts Ive had to dig around a little as I went all out on my first one throwing various train photos together.
Since the photo prompt at http://sepiasaturday.blogspot.com/ has the front of a Railway Co. that says “Carriers of Goods and Livestock” I thought hmmm, here we have what looks like a SP (Southern Pacific?) train car, and Im not sure if its transporting Mail? Or you could say “Transporting Mail and Men in Sailor Hats”

This came from my Ernie Kolleas Collection, that will soon be leaving me. As a result of this blog it will be reuniting with family that went through google and happened upon my blog. :) That is always the neatest messages to hear, someone who is a relative or someone who knows someone in the photos you rescued.
Now my guess is this is a train car carrying mail? Yeah you never knew a bunch of Coast Guard gentlemen were standing all over your letters now did you? Or is it trash? Im looking at all the boxes laying down around it? So Im really not sure what to make of this but maybe someone else will know. Maybe they were “going green” and recycling? :)

On the back of this photo which is part of a photo album it says ” For Donald C. Haas with thanks Isabelle (or Isabella) Crowell or Cowell.

You can always click the images for more of a closeup

Some other goodies from this same album, these first two were the ending to the album and 5 x 7 shots.

I really love these casual ones, its seems this albums features probably fellow coast guard mates and their wives, as its various shots like these with couples, some in front of travel type trailers or just camped out like the ones below.

This one I just love, it says on the back “Smith River Picnic Oct. 1943 Glozas and Rudy”

This last photo I just had to post, because of the photo and what it says on the back. I love photos of houses. I love historical homes and homes people have restored and saved. I always wonder when I find old photos of houses if these places are still standing.

Right now Im trying to help a friend get her home registered as a historical landmark, but we are running into a lack of information on her home, which is old for our area, but it seems with all of the old history photos of our town, theres not one shot of her place, and we only have one main starting point in this town but all cut off near her place, we are looking for 1902. But the earliest photos we have are from the 1960s-70s. So I know how precious an older photo is! And sometimes just seeing a home that once exsisted that may have been torn down forever lost, but not always if photos live on.
So here is one of those snapshots I love.

Says on the back “Our house at 830 South 20th – Arlington. Louise standing on the porch at 7 1/2 months pregnant” Below this photo in the album it says “Tony and Louise Gloza” so perhaps this is the Gloza home.

I took a break at this point for several hours while writing this and then went on the hunt to see if I could find where this house was exactly, typed in the address first, found this street in Indiana, but no luck. Tried again, then added Arlington, and bingo, its in VA. By using Google Maps I have found this house is still there! It was built in 1938, I wonder if the Glozas were the first to live here. You can see the house today below!

 

There are so many more photos, names and people in this particular album so Im not sure who is the main person of this album, maybe the relative will be able to narrow it down.

I hope you have enjoyed these photos as much as I have!

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Ed and Alden Lake Trip 1920s-30s – Sepia Sat Post

This weeks Sepia Saturday post inspired from

http://sepiasaturday.blogspot.com/

Finding old photos becomes addicting.
I have been back and forth from California to Arizona often,  around Phoenix are oodles of antique shops, vintage stores, thrifts, you name it.
I ventured a little farther using one of those antique store brochures showing numerous stores and maps and ended up at another store, when I first started to browse I thought “Ugh, wrong store” it was very nice, more upscale, really expensive antiques. I wanted to turn around and leave, but I wandered my way around. Came across a few old framed photos that were in the hundreds to purchase, No thanks.

I got to the end of the third row and found a booth with lots of books, paper items, I walked in and off to the side was a box full of photos! It was wedged in a spot hard to get to and no room to really lay them out or look thru them, nowhere to sit so I went one by one stacking them on the books in piles. I made an awful mess too! I dont think these had been looked through in sometime and old photos have crumbling edges or cardboard sleeves and little pieces falling off, leaving a pile around me. After I went through one basket for sometime, I crouched down to find some larger photos, oh no! Sighhh, I love this stuff, I want it all, but the pocket book will not allow. I am heartbroken by so many dispersed lost family photos, and this stack had photos 5×7, 8×10 and larger ones.
Then after I finished that stack, I saw another basket up high, that was it, i went up front to ask if someone could get it down, and also if there was a place I could sit and look through them. They allowed me to use a leather chair in the booth across the way and I just made piles on a trunk next to me.

After that I saw the locked cases, and in it were albums! I loveeeeee LOVEEE Loveeee photo albums complete with the photos still intact. I was so excited, the man brought three over to me, 2 of them were full of postcards(Im sure that excites all the postcard collectors here) but I wanted photos so I put those 2 back in the case, and found a wonderful album I had to have. If I left with only one item this would have been it. I have never seen so many old photos in one booth before in any antique store I have visited, this is the vendors specialty it seems. I could have stayed forever. I picked out photos as usual with info on the backs so I could do detective work, and then whittled my pile down gradually as it was too expensive to get all of them.

So today’s Sepia Saturday post is from the album I found in Phoenix, Az. When I looked at the theme for the week, I immediately knew what I was going to use! A storefront!
As this was in the album I just brought home. This is one of those leather covered, string bound with holes through the center and black paper with pretty white ink captions written on the pages. It seems to be “Ed and Alden’s Trip 1931″

At first the album was full of first names but no last names on the photos of these 2, Until I found a page with “Ma and Pa Lake” in some photos, so I did a search on “Alden Lake” and bingo! I matched up 3 other names of the siblings to others in the photos and Im quite sure a perfect match as to who they all were.

I tried to find a good shot of the two fellows together but most are separate, so as i browsed some more there are some earlier pics of them and some of them 7 plus years older. Please meet “Alden and Ed August 1925 Dirty Friends”

From all that I can gather, Alden and Ed were brothers or Ed is a friend, but Alden did have a brother named Edmund.

From Family Search 1920 Census Records I have found them living in Providence,  Rhode Island

Llewellyn R. Lake – Pa

Harriet E. Lake – Ma

Richard B. Lake – Son

Alden R. Lake – Son

Edmund M. Lake – Son

Milton H. Lake – Son

Photo of Alden, Ma Lake, and Aunt (cant make out other word?) 1932. Love the way this one is posed

This  next photo has the caption “Ed in Montreal 1931″   

I wish I could fully see the sign! But all I can make out is the words SODA, Orangeade? , Shops, maybe someone will recognize what this was and can chime in. Perhaps some Canadians can assist this go around as some of the photos in the album are in Canada along with the USA.


Next photo says “ALDEN in Montreal 1931″ and I can make out “THE THREE MUSKETEERS TAVERNE” , Dawes Lachine” and “Broadway Billard Room” on the glass also.  From internet research I can find some info on Dawes Brewery in Montreal but my guess this is probably a location that served their brew? Not the actual spot, since I have found pics online of the actual Brewery. ” The “Dawes”, Lachine’s first industry, was founded in 1811 by Thomas A. Dawes.”

This photo says “Val’s Boston Store 1927-28″  it is “The Great Atlantic & Pacific” also know as the “A&P” which my Mom spotted right away as she remembers these stores, but said they just called them the A&P. Val is family or friend as I see his name on other photos in the album.

And to close, some fun photos of Ed…

Ed in his room 1932

Love this one below, with the camera man in the mirror and Ed laying on his dresser, had a little fun and it appears these fellows had a little flair for the dramatic, some of the photos appear to be from plays or acting. Hope you have enjoyed just a tiny peek into this album!

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