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!
Monday, October 22, 2012
Have You Heard of Louis Kostello from St. Cloud, Minnesota, Circa 1897-1898?
This 1890s cabinet card photograph is labelled on the back, "Louis Kostello, St. Cloud, Minn." This is a real puzzler. I haven't been able to find anyone by that name in Minnesota, or in a general census search. No Kostellos in that area. There are a number of Costellos in Stearns County, Minnesota; no Louises, or Lewises, though.
The Directory of Minnesota Photographers website says Guy Alvord was in operation in St. Cloud from 1897 to 1898.
So who was Louis? Did he change his name? Leave the area? Leave the US? Meet an untimely death?
The fact that I can't find any trace of him, and no possible matches makes me think I'm missing something fundamental. But what?