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!
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
What A Shame Wednesday: Fifteen-Year-Old Mary, Philadelphia, 1884
When this cabinet card photograph was created in 1884, Mary was 15 years old. We know this because someone has recorded this information on the reverse of the photo. Unfortunately, while we're told this is "Aunt Mary," we haven't been given a surname. The image was taken at the Blaul & Baumgardner Studio, 1937 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, PA. Louis Blaul, a well-known Philadelphia photographer had two studios in the city by 1890. Adolf J. Baumgardner was his business partner for a time in the 1880s. By 1890 Baumgardner was working with Louis H. Helbing on Lancaster Avenue.
We know that Mary was born around 1869, but with a common given name like Mary, a big city like Philadelphia and with no last name, we don't have much chance of learning more about her. Pity.