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.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

1902 Antique General Store Photo

This wonderful photo came with many others in the trunk of pictures my husband inherited.  I'l swear, the manager, James Kesey, looks like Jimmy Stewart. The store was in Middleton,  (lower lake ) California. The details are incredible.

It dates me but I still remember before Safeways and the like came along, at least in Montana.  General stores were the rule. There were never more than 2 brands of anything at that time, and often only one:  Quaker's Oats, Kleenex, Morton's salt, etc., which is why the brands are so well known now.   I go to the store nowadays and my eyes cross with so many brands!

I hope you enjoy this photo as much as I have.  Chris


  1. Yes, the details are remarkable. We had an old clothing store in Eagle Rock called Pillars. It had an upstairs balcony with a railing like that. They kept all the shoes up there. It was magical.

  2. What a great store. I remember a general store in Brocton, NY when I was I kid. It was only 1 story but it was filled with great stuff.