Friday, November 30, 2012
This cabinet card is by photgrapher John R. Keasler whose studio was located on West Main St. in Ladonia, Fannin County, Texas. The photo of this unknown man was found in a box of Graves County, Kentucky pictures. This unusual card probably dates to around 1890.
Thursday, November 29, 2012
One of the young men in this photo has been identified as Francis Marion Darnall, but the other four young men and five ladies are unknown. The photographer's name on the cabinet card appears to be "Fleming".
A Francis Marion Darnall, born in 1850, was a resident of Marshall County, Kentucky. In 1868 he married America Catherine Humphries who is presumably also included in the photo. It is impossible to see the ladies' clothing and hairstyles to help date the photo. If this is Francis Marion Darnall of Marshall County, the photo was probably taken during the 1880's.
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
This photo of two very young ladies in hats was taken by the Paschal Studio in Paducah. Another photo found online taken by Paschal Studio which used the same background was dated to 1918. This photo may date to around that time or somewhat earlier. Information found online indicates that Albert D. Paschal had a studio in Paducah from at least 1906 into the 1920's.
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Monday, November 26, 2012
This photograph of a young woman was taken by the photographer J. M. Merrill who was located at 134 North 3rd Street in Paducah. The photo was probably taken during the 1880's before the drastic changes in dress and hair styles which occurred in the 1890's.
Sunday, November 25, 2012
This photo of a young woman identified as Ellie Landrum Robbins appears to date from around 1890 to 1900 based upon the hairstyle. The photo came from a group of unknown photos from the Jackson Purchase area but a search of census and other area records of the late 19th and early 20th century produced no results to help identify her family.
Monday, November 12, 2012
This unusual photo from a box of Graves County loose pictures is undoubtably a souvenir of a trip on a riverboat named the Dixie III. One of these men is named on the reverse side as Charly Taylor. The last name is not written clearly but does appear to be Taylor.
An online search for a riverboat of that name was unsuccessful.
Sunday, November 11, 2012
The photo is identified as "Miss Paducah Kentucky" but no year is given. According to Wikipedia, the only Miss Paducah during the time period of the 1920's was Kathleen McElroy in 1924. There was no Miss Kentucky that year and Kathleen competed in the Miss America pageant as Miss Paducah Kentucky.