Sunday, July 18, 2010

Davis Family Photos

A box full of Davis photos, recently rescued here in Delaware. There is an old card box filled with photos and negatives, mostly featuring the Davis Family, particulary son Billy Davis (William Davis). There are also five, 5 x 7's of Billy from about one year to maybe 12 years old. There are several photos taken by Ruhl Studios in Cumberland Maryland. There are also some taken by Ward's Studio in Frostburg, MD.

The photos are mostly undated, but Billy must have been born around March of 1952 and most of the photos and negatives appear to be from the 50's. There is one old real photo post card which is undated an unlabeled, and also taken in Frostburg (McElfish Studio).

There is one, small class photo of FHS (probably Frostburg High School).

There are not many names on these photos, but here are the ones I could find: Mrs Eugene Davis, 507 Pine St, Cumberland Maryland. Jean Sigler, Alma (probably Alma Davis), and Mary Robinette (Mary Teter).... and of course Billy Davis.

Jerome Cross & Family

Here is an nice old, cabinet card photo of Jerome Cross and his family. The photo was taken by W.S. Davis studio in Ellenville NY (129 Canal Street). The photo is undated but judging from the scalloped gold edges of the card, I'd guess that it's from around 1890-1900.

This could be the Jerome Cross who married Amy Sheley (daughter of John H. Sheley and Amy Sheley) of Ulster County in New York. Denning and Ellenville are both in Ulster County.

Aside from the name, there is nothing else written on the photo. The image shown here has been cropped and labeled for posting; however the original image is the typical cabinet card size and without any scanned labels.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Perry Children

A nice old undated photo of Charles Perry, Sanford Perry and George Perry. The photograph was taken by Schultz Duryea Studio in Brooklyn NY. This looks like a photograph from around the turn of the century, circa 1900.

Aside from the names, there is nothing else written on the photo.
Note: The above scanned image has been cropped for this post. The original photo is 4.5 x 6.5 inches and in excellent condition.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Two old Boddy family postcards

Here we have two old postcards sent to Mrs. Boddy in Conowingo, Cecil County Maryland. The postcard on top was sent to Mrs. L.H. Boddy in March of 1926 and the salutation reads, "Dear Sister". The handwriting is almost as bad as mine, but I can read that the sender is also a Boddy writing from Philadelphia.

The postcard on the bottom was sent to Mrs. Lulu Boddy in Conowingo, MD in September of 1924. The sender is Edna and the salutation reads, "Dear Mother".
Each postcard is in fair shape.

Saturday, July 03, 2010

Marylawn of the Oranges

This old photo taken by Newark Photo Studios features Hallowee'n at Marylawn of the Oranges. Marylawn is an all-girls catholic school in South Orange, New Jersey. The school has been open since 1935. This photograph has no date.
The image above has been cropped and labled for posting here. The Original photo is in good condition.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Old Roosters... by L. Lee Layton, Jr.

Old Roosters... by L. Lee Layton, Jr.
Originally uploaded by imsobob.

Written on March 3, 1942 by Dover businessman and famous Sussex Countian, L. Lee Layton, Jr, this short analogous article compares young men and old men to Roosters and Broilers in wartime America. Four pages in pamphlet form, Mr. Layton's article was a call for people on Delmarva to get to work supporting the armed forces, and he used the poultry industry here as an example. And remember, there were no magnetic yellow ribbons in 1942.
Mr. Layton was born in Georgetown in 1889 and was well known in the Dover area for his strong and very public opinions. He was married to Marianne Layton.

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Grandpa and Grandma Starner

"Henry Starner, Art Starner Jr's Grandpa and Grandma Starner."

Henry Starner lived in Idaville, just south of Starners PA in what is now Adams County. The photo was taken by Mumper photogarphers of 27 & 29 Baltimore St. in Gettysburg PA, around the time of the Civil War.

The image above has been cropped and labled for posting. The original photo is the size of the typical cabinet card and the only writing is on the reverse identifying the Starner family.

Learn more about the Starner Family on Rootsweb or on the Starner Family Web Site.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Henry Phillipps of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania

Henry Phillipps of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania

An old AZO real photo postcard taken in Pittsburg PA probably beween 1904 and 1911. The AZO is no older than 1904 and the spelling of "Pittsburg" reverted to "Pittsburgh" in 1911. On the reverse of the card has been written "Henry Phillipps dressed up for Halloween." Henry's name could also be the more common spelling of Phillips.

Monday, May 14, 2007

Luthersburg PA Holiness Convention

Holiness Convention

An old poster inviting folks to the holiness convention at the M.E. Church in Luthersburg Pennsylvania. Held under the auspices of the Armstrong County Interdenominational Holiness Association, and presenting Mr. and Mrs Mark R. Smith, Evangelists and the Reverend A.O. Tillotson, Pastor in Luthersburg. This old thing looks to be circa 1920's. The Holiness movement originated in America way back in 1850 or so and was an endeavor to preserve the teachings of John Wesley.

Luthersburg PA is in Clearfield County. The poster tells you how to get there... Luthersburg is six miles from DuBois on the B.R. & P.R.R. (Buffalo Rochester and Pittsburgh Railroad).

Sunday, May 06, 2007

William J. Plank Ditch Digging Machine


Harve Kauffmans mailed this old postcard to Amos Jay Miller in Topeka Indiana back on October 14, 1949. The old print features a contraption known as William J. Plank's ditch digging machine. This may have been the William Plank of Elkhart Indiana, related to the families Schrock, Zook, Mishler, Plank and Miller.

If you can help me identify Mr. Plank, or if you are a family member, please leave a comment.

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Iron Bitters

Iron Bitters

An old trade card, circa 1880, encouraging moms to keep their children healthy and strong by giving them Iron Bitters. Made by Brown Chemical Company in Baltimore, this medicine contained cocaine.

Touted for curing indigestion, dyspepsia, fevers, belching and loss of strength, a couple of swigs of the famous Iron Bitters was guaranteed to provide energy and add new life to the nerves.

Sunday, April 08, 2007

Happy Easter to the Jenkins Family

Happy Easter to the Jenkins Family

Mrs. J.W. Downham of Viola Delaware mailed this old Easter postcard to Mary Jenkins of Woodside Delaware on April 4, 1908. Springtime, new life and the wonder of it all adorns this old beauty. Not much of a sentiment on the reverse though... Mrs Downham had invited Mary to "a special display of millinery in my parlor". Maybe that was the Victorian's version of a Tupperware Party. Do they still have Tupperware Parties?

Florence sent this Easter card from Dover Delaware to Mary Jenkins. The embossed card distorted the postmark, but it looks like it was sent in 1908 or 1909. Agnes is Mary's daughter.

Another old Easter card, this one sent to Glancy Jenkins on March 25, 1910. Glancy Jenkins would grow up and he and his wife, Elsie would take over operations at the Jenkins Store in Woodside.

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Blue Coat Inn

Blue Coat Inn
Soon to be another nostalgic image of Dover, DE... the Blue Coat Inn. I liked the Blue Coat, it was a nice restaurant, most times. I have to add the disclaimer because this the very place that holds my personal record for the longest wait for a table, 2 hours and 30 minutes on February 14, 1996. Valentines Day, I know...I know, but a friend of mine had a coupon and he talked us into it. Anyway... We miss you Blue Coat Inn.

Here's an old postcard by A. Ken Pfister of Dover Delaware advises on the Reverse: Blue Coat Inn & "Sailing Eagle" Tavern on Silver Lake in historic Dover, Delaware. Once a private home, the inn today offers the publick a varied BILL OF FARE in Countri-style dining. Meetings and Parites also accomodated in distinctive lake-front rooms reflecting themes from Delaware's early history. Phone 674-1776.

Another postcard from A. Ken Pfister of Dover, this one featuring "The Independence Room" Blue Coat Inn on Silver Lake in historic Dover, Delaware. The painting depicts Colonel John Haslet's Delaware Regiment, whose uniform inspired the name Blue Coat Inn, marching from Dover Green to join General Washington's troops in the summer of 1776. Dining daily except Mondays.

Here's what it looks like now (May 16, 2007).

Monday, March 26, 2007

The Jenkins Store

Once, in Woodside Delaware, there was a general store known as the Jenkins Store. This little shack played a central role in the goings-on in Woodside, providing necessities and a gathering place for the locals until 1988. A classic American general store, the Jenkins Store now sits at the Delaware Agricultural Museum in Dover, Delaware... in a place called Loockerman Landing. You can see it in this article by delawarewoman.

The store opened in 1865* (when the name of the town was still Fredonia) and was first known as the Reed General Store after proprietors John and Jane Reed. Their daughter Mary Jane Reed and her husband Phillip Jenkins took over the store when the Reeds retired, and ran it until 1947. After that, son Glancy Jenkins and his wife Elsie operated the store. After Glancy died in 1967, Elsie operated the old place until it closed.

*According to Woodside, A Bicentennial Commemorative, published by the Town of Woodside in 1987, the store opened in 1865.

You can find a lot of old postcards to and from the Jenkins family on this blog.

Friday, March 16, 2007

USS Pennsylvania

Here's an old postcard, mailed free in 1944 from Bainbridge Maryland. The card has a U.S. Navy postmark and was mailed by A/S Herman G. Moore to his son, Hiram Moore, in Felton Delaware. Mr. Moore told his son that he was sorry that he had missed his birthday and asked him to be a good little man.

The wartime postcard features the big guns of the Flagship Pennsylvania.

The U.S. Navy Training Center at Bainbridge was established in 1942 to train Navy recruits during World War II. To learn more about the center, visit the USNTC Bainbridge Association.

Monday, March 12, 2007

St. Patrick's Day from Ellen H. Clapsaddle

Ellen Clapsaddle was a wonderful artist, and is a postcard art legend. Her work was first noticed in 1900 and by 1906 she was illustrating for the Wolf Company in New York. One of the very few women illustrators of her time, she soon became the sole illustrator and designer for Wolf. Most postcards of the day were printed in Germany (as were these) and Ellen found herself in Germany for business in 1914 at the outset of WWI. She was trapped there, a displaced person unable to return to America. After six months, one of the Wolf brothers made his way to Germany and found her wondering the streets penniless and mad. She and the Wolf company lost all of their money, and Ellen lost her mind at the peak of her career. She died in 1934, desolate, broke, and forgotten.

We love you Ellen Hattie Clapsaddle (1865 - 1934).

This old St. Patrick's Day postcard dates from around 1907 and features the art of Ellen Clapsaddle. The card was addressed to Miss Irene Hendrickson of Washington DC and it was signed "Mother". The Irish character wishes us "The Top of the Morning to You".

The card here was mailed on March 16, 1908 by Hattie in Wilkesbarre PA, and sent to Maw McAnall in Berwick PA. "From the Auld Sod" (Ireland).

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Pvt. Wilton Virdin, to Magnolia Delaware

Pvt. Wilton Virdin, to Magnolia Delaware

A great old wartime print of men lining up for chow at the reception center at Fort Dix, NJ. I wonder how many of them are still around today? Private Wilton Virdin mailed this to the folks back home in Magnolia Delaware on February 8, 1943. He sent this card to Mr. Russell Virdin, but I have other Virdin Cards in the collection, including Nettie, Medford and Virginia Virdin of Frederica DE.

Click on the photo for a larger view. You can fill your screen with this photo if you want to see the smiles on them faces.

See another old Virdin (Virden) card posted back in June 06, Right Here!

Monday, February 19, 2007

Big Run PA

Mailed to Mr. Herbert Slichter of Mohnton PA from Big Run back in June of 1908, this old postcard features a nice view from the hills behind the town. This postcard is a bit ragged, but such a nice scene from nearly a century ago. Not much traffic in Big Run, you'll notice.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

The Chicago Worlds Fair of 1893

The World's Columbian Exposition of 1893 introduced picture postcards to the American public. Here is a postcard from that Expo... a genuine pioneer era postcard. The Expo showcased the power of the coming (20th) century, electricity, and the Fair also introduced carbonated beverages and hamburgers. A young Scott Joplin worked there, honing his Ragtime skills.

A wildly successful Expo, in my opinion.

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Is it love

Four old postcards featuring perspectives on love from about a century ago. Is that a Pittsburgh Pirates Uniform worn by the young lady in the card on the upper left? In May of 1910, that old card was sent by Jack Dixon to Mr. Sheldon Fairchild, 415 Market Street in Wilmington Delaware.

The Johnny on the Spot card was sent to Miss Marian Shakspeare in Marshallton Delaware back in May of 1908.

And in April of 1907, the Holding My Own card was sent to Mr. S.E. Rodgers in Hestle Alabama.

The old postcard featuring an angry lady slapping her husband is unmailed but most likely from around 1910.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Would You Be My Valentine?

Valentines Day

The card on the upper left was sent to Mrs Mary Nelson on Madison Street in Wilmington, Delaware nearly a century ago. The card next to it was sent to Miss Ethel Reynolds of Lumberton New Jersey on February 14, 1907.

Happy Valentines Day!

Would You Be My Valentine?

Happy Valentines Day to one and all.

Monday, February 12, 2007

Happy Birthday President Lincoln

Happy Birthday President Abraham Lincoln.

click on this photo to see a good lithographic print of President Lincoln

Saturday, February 10, 2007

East Earl Township PA ... Class of 1911

Here is a Class Souvenir from a school in East Earl Township in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. These old things were kind of like yearbooks without the pictures, or the signatures. Memories made and meant for safe keeping, and now here it is after nearly 100 years have passed.

The teacher was Sallie V. Bowman and the Directors were Roland Good, David Wenger, John J. High, Clayton Bair, Barton Sauder and Frank Wise.

The list of students for October 1910 through March 1911 include:

Lizzie Weaver, Esther Weaver, Bessie Keiffer, Ada Horst, Bertha Weaver, Francis Martin, Lizzie Sauder, Lizzie Leinbach, Rebecca Horst, Anna Z. Martin, Alice Taylor, Clara Ziemer, Anna M. Martin, Marion Kieffer, Anna Sauder, Susan Gehman, Luella Horst, Moses Martin, Erbie Sauder, Horace Weaver, Eli Zimmerman, Eli Gehman, Adam Crills, Lloyd Sprecher, Raymond Shirk, William Horst, and Horace Ziemer.

Anna and Elizabeth (Lizzie) were certainly popular names of the Day, and just look at how many Weavers and Horsts there were in that small class. Some of the younger pupils may still be alive today ...and I'll bet they still have this little Souvenir booklet from 1911 ... memories made and meant for safe keeping.

Monday, February 05, 2007

Downtown Pittsburgh ... 1905

Here is an old view of downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, featuring the Farmer's Bank Building. You can see the trolley cars and the bustle on the street below. There is a large sign painted on the side of a building advertising Eisner and Phillips Outfitters where you could order a suit for just $15.00 cash money.

This is an old, real photo post card, as we collectors call them. It was mailed from Pittsburgh on September 21, 1905 and sent to Miss Leak Blankley of Philadelphia. The post office didn't allow anything but the address on the reverse of any post card sent during this era... so folks usually penned a short note on the front, as did Harry on this occasion. I can't find any human name of "Leak" so this card may have been sent to Leah Blankley.

I'm always amazed that a fragile little piece of paper, with it's little message, survived so many years. And I wonder how many more it will endure. I will have it a little while and then it will continue its journey, I hope.

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