Zola I. Proudfit, April 1916

Real Photo Postcard, unused with writing. April 1916. AZO stamp box.

Price:  $12.00

“Miss Zola Proudfit, 8 years 4 months, Taking in April 23, 1916.”

A cute moment:  Zola posing on her front porch step, (assuming she was at home) in a white lace dress with a scalloped hem, dark tights and black shoes (they look new). The home is wood-framed and sided, with a wooden sidewalk leading up to it. There may have been electrical wires nearby, note the pattern of the two parallel lines, which must be shadows, appearing on the eave.

Zola, an Oregon native, is the daughter of Fred Proudfit and Rose Fitzgerald. She married California native, Robert Blake Galbraith, on November 25, 1926 in Oakland, California. At the time of their marriage, Zola was a telephone operator, and Robert a locomotive fireman. His parents are Joseph Galbraith and Elizabeth Blake.

Source:  Marriage records, select counties and years. California State Archives, Sacramento, California. (Ancestry.com).

A Snap Of John Taken Unawares

Old photo, white border. Circa 1900s to 1920s.

Price:  $2.00          Size:  3 and 1/8″ x 4 and 1/4″

I bought this one for the rather poetic description written on the reverse (We imagine it was his wife that wrote it.) But here’s John, in vest and suspenders and the inevitable hat, his surname and location unknown. He’s deep in thought, and holding what looks to be a tape measure. Maybe he was out looking at property lines. You can see some short wire fencing behind him, and then a nice view of some hills in the distance. The term snapshot came into use in the photographic sense around 1890. We found the short version, “snap” for snapshot (also written snap shot), in historical newspapers as early as 1907, (though this was from a quick search so it may have been in use a little earlier.)

Sources:  snapshot (n). https://www.etymonline.com/word/snapshot (accessed June 14, 2020).

Marshall, Carrie. “A Trip To Idaho – No. 3.” Woodford County Republican, (Eureka, IL) Thursday, September 26, 1907, Vol. 13, no. 34. (Newspapers.com).

Grandpa McInnes

Real Photo Postcard, unused. AZO stamp box.

Price:  $5.00

A beautiful photo-turned-postcard of a handsome guy in profile, with white beard, in suspenders, one hand resting on hip, the other holding his straw hat and with what we might think of as the “old homestead” in the immediate background. The only identification is written on the back as,  “Grandpa McInnes.”  The stamp box is an AZO, two triangles up and two down, which is estimated anywhere between 1910 and 1930, per Playle’s. See https://www.playle.com/realphoto/photoa.php.

Carl Stockdale and Mary Dowds

Old photo, circa 1900 – 1920s.

Price:  $7.00      Size:  About 3 and 3/4 x 2 and 1/2″

Here’s a great one for New Year’s Eve, a couple of partiers…..even though probably this was not taken in winter. Is that an open window? In any case, it’s Carl Stockdale and Mary Dowds seated on the floor and having a great laugh. We’ll have to research for the possible year according to Mary’s style of dress, for starters. But for now, just to get this one posted…..and Happy New Year!

It’s fun to pick out the details in old photos. Notice the photo within a photo on this one, top right, and the nail pattern in the sole of Carl’s shoe. (Another possible clue for the age of the photo?) And that’s a nice wallpaper pattern and then there’s the beautiful lace on the curtains.

Gertrude Alene Crotzer

Photo, circa 1901. Photographer unknown.

Price:  $8.00             Size including matting:  About 2 and 1/4 x 3″

A cute photo of Gertrude Alene Crotzer, daughter of Irvin and Ida Crotzer. Gertrude was born about August 1897 in Lena, Illinois and married Ewald A. Dominik, September 6, 1917, in Chicago, Illinois.

Sources:  “Illinois, Cook County Marriages, 1871–1920.” Index. FamilySearch, Salt Lake City, Utah, 2010. Illinois Department of Public Health records. “Marriage Records, 1871–present.” Division of Vital Records, Springfield, Illinois.

Year: 1900; Census Place: West Point, Stephenson, Illinois; Page: 11; Enumeration District: 0110; FHL microfilm: 1240346.

Year: 1910; Census Place: Freeport Ward 2, Stephenson, Illinois; Roll: T624_327; Page: 5A; Enumeration District: 0101; FHL microfilm: 1374340.

St. Petersburg Times/North Pinellas Times. September 13, 1987. Sunday, p. 25. (Newspapers.com).

Cyp Bequette, Visalia, California

Two photos, carte-de-visite, circa 1887. Photography studio:  E. M. Davidson, Visalia, California.

 Availability status:  SOLD       Size:  2 x 3″

This is Cyprien L. Bequette, born about 1875 in Tulare County, California, son of Louis Bequette and Mary E. (Davis) Bequette. He married Cecile McKee in Tulare County April 20, 1898. He died August 25, 1911 in San Diego, California. We’re estimating Cyp might have been about ten or twelve years old when the photo was taken.

The 1910 Federal Census taken in Lemoncove,Tulare County, shows Cyp was a fruit farmer, and he and his wife Cecile had three children, Ormonde, Bruce and Myrla.

Sources:  California Department of Public Health, courtesy of www.vitalsearch-worldwide.com. Digital Images. (Ancestry.com).

Year: 1910; Census Place: Lemoncove, Tulare, California; Roll: T624_110; Page: 4B; Enumeration District: 0192; FHL microfilm: 1374123. (Ancestry.com).

Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed 11 December 2019), memorial page for Cyprien Lamlieslan Bequette (1875–25 Aug 1911), Find A Grave Memorial no. 60690665, citing Exeter District Cemetery, Exeter, Tulare County, California, USA ; Maintained by J.D. Larimore (contributor 47030633) .

George W. Parker and William Lewis Parker

Divided back, Real Photo Postcard. September 1907. Photographer:  E. E. Flack. Alexandria Bay, New York. CYKO stamp box.

Price:  $12.00

A beautiful studio photo (but was it an oversight for the floor covering not to be straightened out first?) of brothers George Washington and William Lewis Parker. That’s George on the left. A family member had nicely identified them on the back with their dates of birth and included the date the photo was taken.

“William Lewis Parker April 22, 1903. George W. Parker Dec. 16, 1907. This picture taken Sept. 19, 09.”

Per Find A Grave, their parents are Lorenzo Dow Parker and Adelaide (Thomas) Parker and George’s middle name is Washington. The photographer’s full name is Eugene E. Flack per the 1910 Federal Census for Alexandria Bay. State census records show the Parkers living in Macomb, St. Lawrence County, NY., about 25 miles northeast of Alexandria Bay.

Sources:  Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed 06 December 2019), memorial page for William Lewis Parker (22 Apr 1903–29 Jul 1978), Find A Grave Memorial no. 26220914, citing Pleasant Lake Cemetery, Brasie Corners, St. Lawrence County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Anne Cady (contributor 46985237) .

Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed 06 December 2019), memorial page for George Washington Parker (15 Dec 1907–28 May 1981), Find A Grave Memorial no. 26220907, citing Pleasant Lake Cemetery, Brasie Corners, St. Lawrence County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Anne Cady (contributor 46985237) .
New York State Department of Health; Albany, NY, USA; New York State Marriage Index. (Ancestry.com).
New York State Archives; Albany, New York; State Population Census Schedules, 1905; Election District: A.D. 01 E.D. 01; City: Macomb; County: St Lawrence; Page: 11. (Ancestry.com).
Year: 1910; Census Place: Alexandria Bay, Jefferson, New York; Roll: T624_953; Page: 9B; Enumeration District: 0004; FHL microfilm: 1374966. (Ancestry.com).

Charley Robbins and Grace Alice Robbins

Old photos, matted. Charley’s photo taken circa 1906. Grace’s photo taken circa 1900.

Price for pair:  $16.00      Size including matting:  Charley’s photo 3 and 1/2 x 4″ and 3/8. Grace’s photo 2 and 7/8 x 3 and 3/8.”

Brother and sister Charley and Grace Alice Robbins, born in Colorado to Ira Robbins and Ida (Whipp) Robbins. Grace married Raymond Narville Moore and Charley married Beatrice Wardle. We’re estimating the children were about three or four years old when each had their photo taken. Charley was born January 1903 and Grace April 1897.

Source:  Ancestry.com family trees.

Irene Francis Zink and Virgil Emerson Zink

Real Photo Postcard. AZO stamp box. 1922.

Price:  $12.00

Continuing on with a kid theme before we get to some Christmas posts…..Here’s one very nicely identified as:

“Joel Cox’s grandchildren Irene Francis Zink age 3 1/2 yrs. and Virgil Emerson Zink age 11 wk.”

Per the Find A Grave entries Irene was born May 4, 1919 and Virgil March 31, 1922. Both are natives of Kansas. Parents are Virgil E. Zink and Lena M. Cox. The ages given on the back of the postcard appear to be a little off, according to their birth dates, but this photo must have been taken in 1922. And if you enlarge the image (I was admiring Irene’s dress and the crochet work for both dresses) you’ll notice that Virgil’s eyes were “enhanced” a little. This was done by the photographer at some point during the photo processing.

Sources:  Find A Grave. Virgil Emerson “Bud” Zink, Jr. Find A Grave i.d. number 106961463. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi.

Find A Grave. Irene Zink Pound. Find A Grave i.d. number 96094840. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi.

Fernande and Yvon Lamoureux

Two photos, deckled edges, white borders from the Lamoureux Family. Circa 1930s.

Price for both:  $10.00

These are the last of our French-Canadian photos that were found in a box full of loose photos at the Vintage Paper Fair in San Francisco this year….That is most likely Fernande Lamoureux in the front row on our right. It looks like it was a special occasion for school or church that had the girls all lined up and posing for the photo. Notice how they must have all been told to fold their hands together. (It does make for a nice snapshot!)

Below, Fernande and little brother Yvon, at home.