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A very early photograph of an engraving. Nicéphore Niépce invented the heliography process, which he used to create the photo. The Flemish engraving was photographed using a camera which used an exposure time of 8 hours to several days.
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Joseph Niépce
Mar 7, 1765 - Jul 5, 1833
A photo of Phineas Gage in 1850, holding the tamping iron that caused his brain injury. He was a construction foreman (in charge of blasting) on the railroad, age 27, when an accidental early explosion occurred. The explosion drove a tamping iron (large iron rod, 1.25 inches in diameter) into his head. A large part of his left frontal lobe was destroyed. After the accident, with the bar still in his head, it is reported that he sat up, talked, and walked to a wagon. Sitting in the wagon for the 3/4 mile ride into town, he was seen by a doctor. The doctor said: "When I drove up he said, "Doctor, here is business enough for you." I first noticed the wound upon the head before I alighted from my carriage, the pulsations of the brain being very distinct. The top of the head appeared somewhat like an inverted funnel, as if some wedge-shaped body had passed from below upward. Mr. Gage, during the time I was examining this wound, was relating the manner in which he was injured to the bystanders. I did not believe Mr. Gage's statement at that time, but thought he was deceived. Mr. Gage persisted in saying that the bar went through his head. Mr. G. got up and vomited; the effort of vomiting pressed out about half a teacupful of the brain [through the exit hole at the top of the skull], which fell upon the floor." The doctor removed some coagulated blood, some of the protruding brain, and some skull (bone) fragments, then bandaged his head and cheek. Gage survived but his personality and temperament were changed. Later in his life, some social skills and personal skills returned and he worked as a stagecoach driver in Chile and later as a farmworker in Santa Clara County, California. He died of an epileptic seizure (which was being treated by bleeding) in San Francisco, CA on May 21, 1860 at age 37.
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Phineas Gage
1823 - May 21, 1860
A photo of 3 months old Walden Kirsch - the first digital scan ever. The drum scanner was invented by a team at the US National Bureau of Standards, led by Russell Kirsch. Their first scan was of Kirsch's son, Walden and was scanned at 176 pixels.
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Walden Kirsch
Born: 1957
Found this behind another picture in a old frame. I live in Tasmania, Australia. I have no Idea who they are, or where they came from. It looks like a photo but has a chalky consistancy. Any help would be appreciated.
A photo of Gates Orr when he was young? A daguerreotype photo found in the attic of the farmhouse that had been in the ORR family since 1878. I believe it may be a photo of my great-great grandfather, Gates ORR, 1827 - 1925. Della M. (Orr) Shafer
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Gates Orr
Feb 10, 1827 - Dec 12, 1905
A photo of Clemens Edward Knaus
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Clemens Edward Knaus
Nov 21, 1843 - Jan 8, 1914
A photo of Eleanora Jane Ricker
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A photo of the back of a photo of N. Palmer Dunn
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A photo of N. Palmer Dunn
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A photo of an unknown young gentleman from Brockton. Cabinet card photo taken by Caldwell Studio on 143 Main Street in Brockton, Massachusetts. No other identifying information.
A Daguerreotype of My great great grandparents on their wedding day, Oct. 29, 1854: Martin Van Buren Jones (1831-1884) and Maria R. Vaughan (1837-1926) on their wedding day. They met on the Oregon Trail while traveling in a party going from Illinois to NW Oregon in 1852.
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A photo of an unknown woman from Flushing, New York. Cabinet card photo by photographer H.F. Stahmer in Flushing, New York. No other identifying details.
A photo of sisters Elizabeth Morley Rooke and Emma Rooke
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A photo of William Aitchison (age 9) and Robert Swan Aitchison (age 5).
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William Aitchison
Oct 20, 1850 - Sep 14, 1928
Cabinet card vignette of a young man (Leigh Bradley) May have a connection to Loretta Bradley of Lockport, NY
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Cabinet card, "Mary E Phelps" handwritten on the back
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Cabinet card type, "Austin Kerby, He is 20 years old", "Grandpa and Grandma" handwritten on the back
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Cabinet card, "G. Elgin Hubble, (dead)" handwritten on the back
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Cabinet card, Myrtie E. Clark handwritten on the back
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Cabinet card, Handwritten on the back Gelia Bailey.
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This lady is my great-grandmother, who lived in York County, SC. The photo is a tintype. She is holding her cellphone!
A photo of Abraham Luther, British Infantryman.My gt gt grandfather enlisted in the 13th Regiment of Foot on the 9th June 1855 at the age of 21 in the city of Liverpool, UK. His service number was 3717. He is described in his pay book as being 5' 4.5" tall, with a fresh complexion, grey eyes and brown hair. This is a scan of a small daguerrotype of him and I would guess the date to be sometime in the 1860s. His first recorded pay in June 1855 was L2.14s.7d. He was paid nothing from October until the following April on account of having to pay for his uniform items. He was stationed in, amongst other places, Malta, The Cape of Good Hope, East India, ?Gorudopore, Dum Dum and Pesharwa. He was discharged from the 51st Regimant of Foot at Pesharwa on 18th October 1865, but it is difficult to read the reason on his discharge parchment. His conduct was described as good. I believe he became a Chelsea Out Pensioner. He died in January 1902 (probably) aged 67/8, and was buried in Kirkdale Cemetery, Liverpool on Saturday, 11 January at 3.30pm at a cost of ten shillings. His wife, Mary Ann Luther, died later that month and was buried beside him on either Tuesday the fourth, or the eleventh of February, again at a cost of ten shillings.
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Abraham Luther
1834 - 1902
No one in the family has any idea who these men could be. They appear well dressed but they could have borrowed the clothes from the photographer. It is printed on metal.
A photo of Gunhilda Caroline Mathilde Engelson and family
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MISS MINNIE ( 3RD PICTURE ): BOUGHT THIS ANTIQUE TINTYPE ON AN AUCTION ON EBAY. NAME LISTED AS ' MINNIE TOWN MATTHEWSON '. NO FURTHER DETAILS, REGRETTABLY.
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BROOKLYN GAL COMES HOME: I won this lovely picture on e-bay as I am from Brooklyn and wanted some cabinet cards of lovely Brooklyn ladies of the past, I found her. Name on back says ' Mary Emily Dorchester '
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Mrs. Larson (possible maiden name Olson). I do not know her first name. This is a tin type of my great, great, great grandmother (my mother's father's mother's father's mother), presumed to be from the mid 1800s. She was a Norwegian immigrant who settled and built a farm near Clay Center, Kansas, where her family stayed for generations, until her great, grandson (my grandfather) sold the farm. Her son Lars Larson, married Grundhilda (I think her maiden name was Olson, as family lore says that Olsons married Larsons and visa versa for generations) and they had 5 children; Maggy, Mabel, (one of whom married James Affleck - spelled like Ben, the actor - I've always wondered if we were related; haha) and two sons, and Anna (my great grandmother). Anna Larson married an Olson (I don't know his first name) and had a son George Olson, born in 1898 who married Bessie (Mendel), who had 5 children: the youngest is my mother, Beth born in 1934, and I was born in 1959.
David Van Kleeck in his Civil War uniform (120th NY Volunteers)
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David Van Kleeck
Feb 21, 1839 - Jul 23, 1902
Mark aka Marcus L. Short and Wash Short: Mark and Wash Short 1 inch tin type photo found behind my grandfathers picture . labeled Ernest's papaw
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I bought this on Ebay. On the back is the name Edson Parker. No clue as to which Edson Parker it is. It's like a tin type encased in this white photo frame. Not dated.
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These are my great great grandparents. William Vincent Lucas (1835-1921) and Sophronia Maria Lowe (1836-1896). This picture was taken about 1850 or so. Exact date unknown.
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circa 1862, Mary Jane Carr Bass with her husband William Everett Bass
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I found a number of images in an antique store, elegantly bound in a velvet-covered photo album. Most images are from Van Wert and Celina, Ohio region. Most have no identification. Some have portrait studio identified. If you can prove identification I will gladly ship the original to you. Contact me at lrae2007@gmail.com. Linda Dick Please consider all images copyrighted.
I found a number of images in an antique store, elegantly bound in a velvet-covered photo album. Most images are from Van Wert and Celina, Ohio region. Most have no identification. Some have portrait studio identified. If you can prove identification I will gladly ship the original to you. Contact me at lrae2007@gmail.com. Linda Dick Please consider all images copyrighted.
tin photo, girl has on plaid dress, has some sort of bracelet on right wrist, lace or crochet color and bottom of sleeve. Any info at all welcome. Plaid? Tin photos? The lace/crochet. I know it is most likely 1800's. May be able to somewhat guess who she is by decade knowledge.
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