I reunite identified family photos that I find in antique shops and second hand stores with genealogists and family historians. If you see one of your ancestors here and would like to obtain the original, feel free to contact me. Donations of pre-1920 photographs are also most welcome. I hope you enjoy your visit!
Friday, August 17, 2012
Another Photo from Mary Harrison's Album: Maggie & Hannah Hinchcliffe, ca. 1877-1884
This tintype is labelled "Maggie & Hannah Hinchcliffe." It does not carry a photographer's name or location on it. It's from the Mary Harrison album I have previously blogged about. Mary lived in Cumberland County, Nova Scotia; Lawrence, Massachusetts and and Portsmouth, New Hampshire and most of the photos in the album originate from one of those three places.
I had no luck with finding two sisters named Maggie & Hannah Hinchcliffe in the censuses for the above three locations. I found a few sister combinations with these names, but the photograph doesn't specifically say that the girls are sisters. They could be cousins. I'm afraid I'd only be guessing if I tried to connect these girls with any of the individuals I found.
Dating this image may help us narrow things down, though. The girls are both wearing dresses that are trimmed with bands of plaid. The girl on the left is wearing striped stockings which were popular for young girls at the end of the 1870s. The long, fitted tunic on the standing girl's dress is similar to the fitted jacket bodice that was also popular at the end of that decade. She is also wearing a fairly wide crocheted collar, which was a style for children at the end of the 1870s, well into the 1880s. I would date this image to somewhere between 1877 to 1884.
If you have any ideas that might help limit our search, I'd be very happy to hear from you.