W. J. & Family At Old Home On Colorado

Photo from 1911 printed to canvas on wooden board and frame

Price:  $20.00        Size:  10 x 7 and 3/4″    

Condition:  Some scratches, markings and canvas tears

Surname mystery

This was an unusual find at, it was either an antique store or a thrift store. (Yikes, I guess this means I have to start writing them all down.) So, it was somebody’s cool idea to take an old family photo (their family or one they just found and liked) and have the image transferred to a canvas (or canvas-like) type of surface. It was then glued onto a thin board on a wooden frame, so that it could go up on that person’s wall. (Now it’s on mine.) It’s the fourth for me, of those that are not family but have become family. A couple have names but nobody’s claimed them yet, another has no name, and then there’s this one:  What in the world is this family’s surname? Ferris, Harris, Ferix misspelled as Farrix (can’t find surname Farrix). Even with a magnifying glass, and in the sunlight, it’s hard to say. The location could be almost anywhere, too, since it appears to say “on Colorado” rather than in Colorado or on the Colorado, as in River. Well, but whoever they are, they’re a beautiful group of seven people and two dogs (didn’t the dogs do well to not move too much while the photo was being taken? 🙂 ) Love that wooden fence, and the porch running the length of the house. The home seems to have been pretty big, and it’s rustic-looking. Was it originally a log cabin? We can’t see the details. You’ll notice a windmill behind the house on the right. But, it really strikes me with an impression so significant, a feeling that we could wave to the family and they’d wave back across this current span (insignificant, really) of six and one hundred (going old-school here) years.

Twelve In A Skiff

Divided back, Real Photo Postcard, unused. Circa 1907 – 1918. AZO stamp box.

Price:  $4.00

A nice family photo made into a postcard, circa 1907 – 1918, showing twelve family members in a skiff named Elizabeth, either just about to head out on the water or just returned. Most likely the latter though because there’s the family dog, laying down in the sand (tired after all the excitement, swimming, etc?) and there’s one of the kids huddled in a towel. This RPPC would be a nice reference for the era’s bathing suits, family outings at the lake, and that type of thing. Love those bathing caps!

Dog And Skier, Finnish Handicraft Series

Divided back, artist-signed, unused postcard. Finnish Handicraft Series. Circa 1950s – 1980s.

Price:  $20.00

The date is unknown for this postcard, as no other cards were found online under any form of the back description:

Finnish Handcraft Series. Hemslöjdsföreningarnas Centralförbunds serie. Kotiteollisuusjärjestöjen Keskusliiton sarja. Maybe 1950s – 1980s as a broad guess. The artist’s initials “H. T.” appear at the bottom-left of the cross-country ski scene. Underneath are a reindeer and tree motif and above a diamond pattern. This is just a beautiful card. And that’s a Sami (Saami) man in traditional dress with a Four Winds Hat. I love the dog in mid-spring! as in bounce, that is. If you’re weary, the dog’s exuberance will rejuvenate you!

Sources:  Four Winds Hat. n.d. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sami_people (accessed May 13, 2017).

Sami People. n.d. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sami_people (accessed May 13, 2017).

Of Gaiters And Dairy Ranches

Divided back, used, embossed postcard. Postmarked January 3, 1933 from Buhl, Idaho. Number 327. Publisher unknown.

Price:  $4.00

Best New Years Wishes…

“To you dear friend

Sincere Greetings

I fondly send

This New Years Day.”

Well, we’re late in posting this per the above sentiment, but what a cute card, and I got to wondering if the little girl was wearing spats (the yellow footwear with side buttons)  – but no, spats (short for spatterdashes) or at least how we think of them today, were the shorter, over the ankle covers, so we would call these gaiters. It seems like the term gaiter underwent a full circle, first found in reference to how troops were outfitted, and per the article below, used for warmth as well as for spatter guards.

From The Pennsylvania Gazette in 1760.

19th-century ads for gaiters reveal various types….canvas, silk, lasting, button, laced, Congress, heeled (that gave it away right there)….come to find out gaiters had by then, become the popular word used to describe a half-boot form reminiscent of that two-tone affect where the leggings met over the shoe. But the word was also used loosely, for example, Congress gaiters were really a half-boot, of a style very common today.

Below, an advertisement from The Louisville Courier (Louisville KY). What’s “chrap” in the top ad? It was a little disappointing to find this was just a misprint!

From the website American Duchess some beautiful photos of women’s footwear in the category in question:   “Extant Victorian Side-Lacing Gaiters.”

Last but not least, and returning from our tangent above: We get a kick out of Hazel’s casual-sounding promise of the hopeful future endeavor outlined in her note. Did she find one? Whether she did or did not, we like her style. You go, girl!

“Dear Aunt Alice & all. I do hope you will all have a better year than the one ending. I am coming down there this summer and hunt me a dairy ranch. Love – Hazel.”

Addressed to:   “Mrs. Alice Ellison, 1015 O St., Sacramento, California.”

Sources: The Pennsylvania Gazette. April 24, 1760, Thursday. p. 2 (Newspapers.com)

“Extant Victorian Side-Lacing Gaiters.” January 13, 2014. American Duchess. Historical Costuming. (americanduchess.blogspot.com) Accessed January 11, 2017.

The Louisville Daily Courier. May 31, 1849, Thursday. p. 2 (Newspapers.com)

“My Dog and I”

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Set of two photos, circa 1920s, of girl and puppy.

Price:  $3.00        Size:  About 2 and 7/8 x 2″ each.

Apparently, the grammar is incorrect, as it’s supposed to be “my dog and me.”  Take out “dog” and you wouldn’t name the photo “I”  🙂 but I didn’t know that either, till I looked it up. Proof we’ve been confused for decades on this point, I guess. But how adorable are these photos:  young girl with a bobbed haircut, in her backyard, bottle-feeding her little puppy.

Stilt House, 1907

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A Real Photo Postcard showing a sepia-toned, faded image of four men, one woman and a small dog, posed in front of a home on stilts. The very faint writing, in pencil at the bottom, says, “taken during Dec. 1907.”  The location is unknown, somewhere in the U. S. we presume, though unless it was in the South, it seems to have been unseasonably warm for December, since the group is all in shirtsleeves. Here is the image darkened in Photoshop:

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Divided back, unused, Real Photo Postcard. Dated December 1907. AZO stamp box.

Price:  $5.00

Photos From A Family Album


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Here are a bunch of old photos from someone’s family album, that have been waiting around to finally get scanned and posted. This is WWI Era (the date from the army barracks photos appears to be 7/20/18) and several show … Continue reading

Paris Card Company, Boston, 1881

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Here’s another in what we call our  “Breakthrough”  category, and like the last post, it’s a trade card from Boston. We’ll describe the person that does the “breaking through” as a smiling, Regency Era gentleman with long sideburns, bushy eyebrows, light-colored trousers and waistcoat, and dark cutaway (?) coat, watch hanging from fob, cuffed boots and a low-crown hat with curly brim. To his left and sitting just slightly behind him is his little dog. In contrast to the man, the dog gazes directly at us – a smart idea by the artist. Note the shadows for both figures, as well. The card indicates:

“Paris Card Co. P. O. Box 2627, Boston,  :  Mass.”

The only year we’ve found for this company is 1881. Below is an ad that ran in both Peterson’s Ladies National Magazine and the American Agriculturist  for that year. Also, at the moment of putting up this post, no other trade cards for this company were found online.

Paris Card Co Ad 1881

Trade Card. Circa 1881. Paris Card Co., Boston, MA

Price:  $25.00         Size:  About 2 and 3/4 x 4 and 1/2″

Source:  Peterson’s Ladies National Magazine, Vol. 79. 1881. (Google eBook)

Misfit Parlors, 4 Hayward Place, Boston

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“Misfit Parlors. No. 4 Hayward Place, Boston.” 

A very similar card for this establishment (with moon and dog) was found online as having been sold at auction; hence the heavy watermarks on ours above. But what a beauty, with the winking moon, the sky colors, and the little white dog! The reverse side advertises their price listing for custom-made pants and overcoats, and includes the lovely phrasing:

“High Art and Elegant Garments in Silk and Satin Lined Overcoats and Ulsterettes, rendering a most opportune chance to secure….A $50.00 Custom-Made Overcoat for  – – – $20.00…..”  

“Recollect, every Garment bears the name of the Tailor.”

“Misfit Parlors. Private House, 4 Hayward Place, Near Globe Theatre, 3 doors from Washington St.   Open evenings till 9 o’clock; Saturday, till 11 P.M.”

A want ads posting in the Boston Post dated September 10, 1892, finds the Boston Misfit Clothing Company located just down the street, at 26 Hayward Place. (Newspapers.com)

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In checking city directories for both the addresses, it would appear that the Misfit Clothing Company may not have been long in operation. Various individuals show at the Hayward Place addresses in the 1880s and 1890s, under a variety of occupations, so it would seem there was a high turnover for tenants. This fact, along with the above ad being in the want ads, probably indicates the proprietor didn’t have a lot of money to spend on advertising, and was not doing well enough to continue for very long, or perhaps just moved on to something he or she liked better.

The phrase “misfit clothing” seems to have been one used back in the day. Another ad for a tailor (unrelated to the trade card company) advertised in the 1880 Fall River, Mass city directory,  “Misfit clothing altered to perfect fit.” 

A parlor is not always a brothel….

The very similar card (mentioned at the beginning of this post) that we found online as having been sold at auction, was described as advertising a brothel. And one can see how the use of the word “parlors” could invite this interpretation, but really without any records found to back up this claim, or even stretching it, as if the clothing store was a “front” or something….well, you can do the math.

Trade Card. Circa 1892.      Selling price:  To be determined. Please contact web owner if interested.     Size:  About 5 and 1/8 x 3 and 1/8″

Sources:  Boston Post. 10 September 1892. Saturday, p. 7. (Newspapers.com.)

Ulster coat. n.d. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ulster_coat. (accessed November 8, 2015).

Sampson, Davenport & Co.’s Fall River Directory, 1880, Vol 14. p. 526. (Ancestry.com. U.S. City Directories, 1822-1989.)

Man And Dog, Pendleton, Oregon

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What a nice photo – a man and his dog interacting on a street in front of their home in Pendleton, Oregon. The dog, who appears to be a Fox Terrier (Smooth) is standing on his hind legs waiting to be rewarded with the treat the man is holding. The back of this photo shows the stamp:

“Economy Drug & Music Co., Pendleton, Oregon. Kodak Finishing, Copying and Enlarging.”   Thomas Young is listed as the proprietor of this store, according to a music trade journal entry dated July 23, 1923. Just the snippet version of the article appears, but it announces the store’s opening. Thomas Young appears with his wife and children, as a music store owner on the 1930 Federal Census for Pendleton. The census states he was born about 1888 in Wyoming, so he would have been about 35 when he opened the store in 1923. A 1928 city directory shows the store address at 604 Main St. By 1940 Thomas and family are living in Medford, Oregon; he is listed as being born in Oregon on this census, and proprietor of a drug store. So, checking the city directories for Medford, we find as early as 1937, Thomas and his wife, and the new store name of Young’s Cut-Rate Drug Store; with additional info given that Thomas Young is president and manager of Young’s Drug Co., Inc. So, this puts the Economy Drug & Music Co. store from 1923 to no later than 1937.

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Just the dog, posing sitting up on his haunches, with what might be a view of the dog and man’s home or a neighbor’s home, in the background. As to the architectural style of the house, it appears to be a Craftsman.

Two vintage photos, Pendleton, Oregon, circa 1923 – 1937. Size of man and dog photo:  About 2 and 1/4 x 4.”   Size of dog photo:  About 3 x 4 and 3/4.”

Price for the pair:  $8.00

Sources:  Music Trades, Vol. 66, 1923. p. 29. (Google eBook) Web accessed April 12, 2015.

Year: 1930; Census Place: Pendleton, Umatilla, Oregon; Roll: 1956; Page: 4B; Enumeration District: 0054; Image: 306.0; FHL microfilm: 2341690. (Ancestry.com)

R. L. Polk & Co.’s Buyers’ Guide of Pendleton City and Umatilla County, 1928 – 1929. p. 37. (Ancestry.com. U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989)

Year: 1940; Census Place: Medford, Jackson, Oregon; Roll: T627_3362; Page: 3A; Enumeration District: 15-43. (Ancestry.com)

Polk’s Medford City and Jackson County (Oregon) Directory, Vol. II, 1937. p. 236. (Ancestry.com. U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989)