I love antique photos. You can learn so much about how things have changed, and again how little has. We inherited 3 trunks of photos from the late 1800's to the 1940s and 50's. Most came from an enigmatic, extremely hard working but photo-loving woman named Lena, an ancestor of my husband, born in 1879. She had more contacts, more postcards (several hundreds) and more photos of herself taken than anyone who is not a well know celebrity. She seems to have collected antique photos from all around her. She unfortunately didn't identify many, only writing "Lena" on many given to her. I think she assumed she would remember, and of course after that it wouldn't matter!

We are still sorting through all the stuff trying to piece together Lena's fascinating and sometimes tragic life. Meanwhile, here are a variety of photos, including some of the highest (and lowest!) fashion.

I have also included the very old family photos I have from my mom's side of the family.

I hope you enjoy, and thank you for visiting my blog.

Monday, October 25, 2010


I've been remiss in posting to this blog, working on my jewelry for Christmas and a craft sale. But I'm raring to go, with three new blog subjects prepared for the next three weeks or so.

I have 4 photos of horse drawn carriages to present to you today.  The first, above  is from the early 1900's and the  two  little girls look just adorable sitting in the carriage.

 The next photo has  Lena (from whom a huge number of our photos came, passed down through later family members) with some friends.  The photo is probably from about 1915.  Lena is second from the left.

 I've used this photo in other posts, but it fits here too. This is Lena in about 1907 with her little boy Colon. I'm not sure who the man is. Her husband Charles died shortly after Colon was born.

I'm not sure who the couple in this last photo were; but Lena sent several pictures of them down through the ages to us, so they may also be our relatives.

I just had to include this last picture:

The picture is from 1913
Thank you for visiting my blog.  Chris