Thunderbird Park, Vancouver Island, 1958

Photo, snapshot with white border, June 1958, Vancouver Island, BC

Price:  $5.00       Size:  About 3 and 1/2 x 3 and 1/2″

Tourists in June 1958 posing at the foot of a totem pole (not sure if this particular one is still there) and in front of the Mungo Martin House which was built in 1953.

Mungo Martin. n.d. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mungo_Martin. (accessed March 14, 2020).

Totems At Ketchikan Ball Park

Old photo, circa 1930s, white border.

Price:  $10.00

Yes, the focus is not great, we’ll agree with whoever it was that wrote the description on the back. There are a few commercial photos (a good thing, for sure!) that we found online, that are much better, and actually show the rest of the poles that were standing to our left as we gaze into the shot. But there’s always something about an image from someone’s personal camera, well for one thing, because they’re unique (excepting the person made duplicates, of course) and probably also because we get a sense of being with that one individual as they took the photo, so it seems more personal.

Screen shot below right, from a Google search shows one such commercial photo, for sale on eBay, as of our post going up today. The photographer’s surname was Schallerer.

But the curious thing (to anyone who may not know the history of the city) is that there was a baseball field at the park that was comprised of part of the beach, which was underwater when the tide was in. We’re not sure where the ball field was in relation to the totems, but apparently the tide flats were the best place (at the time) to host games, due to the topography of the area.

Below, a January 1932 clipping from a Bristol, Tennessee newspaper regarding the end of the tide-flats ball field. And we appreciate the unknown author’s turn of a phrase, conjuring images of ballplayers that had been……

Cavorting in water up to their knees

Sources:  Google.com screen shot result for search under “old photos by Schallerer of Ketchikan.” March 1, 2020.

“Alaska ‘Tide’ Ball Park to Wet No More Players.”  The Bristol Herald Courier. (Bristol, TN). January 2, 1932. Saturday, p. 5. (Newspapers.com).

Allen, June. “100 Years of Baseball in Ketchikan!” Stories in the News. April 26, 2003, Saturday 12:30 a.m. http://www.sitnews.net/JuneAllen/Baseball/042603_100_years.html. Accessed March 1, 2020.

http://www.sitnews.net/JuneAllen/Baseball/042603_100_years.html

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.

Santa In An Airplane

Old photo, white border. Circa 1920s to 1930s.

Price:  $4.00

We’re late getting to the Christmas posts this year…..Here’s the first, a subtle one, maybe taken in Southern California, due to the palm trees in the background. That is Santa in the monoplane with propeller and open cockpit, though you have to click to enlarge the photo to see him. Note the teddy bear attached just on the body of the aircraft, near the wing, and the draping tinsel. And maybe someone can tell us (or is it obvious?) Was this aircraft really used to fly or was it built for the parade? Probably the latter.

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) .

Alice and Albert Wing, Waterville, Maine

Carte-de-Visite, circa mid-to-late 1870s. Photographer:  C. G. Carleton, Waterville, Maine.

Price:  $12.00      Size:  About 2 and 1/2 x 4 and 1/4″

Alice K. and Albert B. Wing were twins born in Maine October 23, 1863, the youngest children of Daniel R. Wing (occupation publisher on the 1880 census) and Ann E. (Burleigh) Wing. The 1880 also shows older siblings Fred, Mary, John, Flora and Daniel. We’re estimating the twins in this photo are age ten to thirteen, and by their clothing and without research or prior knowledge, one might assume Civil War Era. It’s so nice then to get a closer approximation for clothing styles in the 1870s and so nice this card survived for present-day generations of the Wing family to find (hopefully!).

And in looking for Ann’s maiden name, we found that Albert Burleigh Wing died in 1932 in Santa Cruz County, California. It makes sense then that this photo had been found in the Central Coast area of CA.

Sources:  Year: 1880; Census Place: Waterville, Kennebec, Maine; Roll: 482; Page: 448B; Enumeration District: 107. (Ancestry.com).

Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed 08 December 2019), memorial page for Albert Burleigh Wing (23 Oct 1863–10 Apr 1932), Find A Grave Memorial no. 120239883, citing Pioneer Cemetery, Watsonville, Santa Cruz County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave (contributor 8) .
Burleigh, Charles. The Genealogy of the Burley or Burleigh Family of North America. Portland:  B. Thurston & Co., 1880. (Ancestry.com).

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.

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.