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CDV by Julius Parish, Friendship, NY Identified as Ada Flint Vincent

Posted by LangdonRoad on May 1, 2013 at 8:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Carte de visite of a young woman identified in penciled script on the back as "Adda Flint, nee Vincent, Hinsdale". The studio is Julius Parish, photographer, Friendship, N.Y."

The image is mounted on  a heavy pink card with rounded corners which measures about 2 1/2 by 4 1/8 inches.

The inscription though puzzling, proved to be true. What it is saying is: Adda nee Flint, Vincent of Hinsdale, [New York]. She was the daughter of Henry or Mason H. Flint, born about 1820 in Vermont, and his wife Lydda, who appear on the 1850 and 1860 Allegany County, New York Census in Friendship. Ada M. Flint was born in July 1860 and appears on the 1880 Census when she was nineteen years old, teaching school and living with her parents. By 1900, she is married to William H. Vincent, a physician, and living in Hinsdale, Cattaraugus County, New York. She had one daughter named Genevieve Vincent, born in January 1887. In 1910, Ada M. Vincent is widowed and the superintendent of a college boarding house in Wellesley, Massachisetts. On the 1930 New York Census, she is living in Manhattan, working as a typist. Her census information included that she was twenty-three when first married.

Two Tintypes - Same Child?

Posted by LangdonRoad on April 4, 2013 at 9:10 AM Comments comments (0)

These are two one-ninth (1/9) plate tintypes in carte de visite paper frames of tiny 19th century children with tinted cheeks wearing the same dress. The photographer and location are not known except they were made in the US. They date to the 1860's - 1870's. The entire cdvs measure about 2 1/2 by 4 inches with about 1 3/4 by 2 1/4 inch oval openings.


The left cdv has instructions written on the back by a photographer, in order to make an 11 by 14 inch vignette portrait, complete with eye and hair color and the shade of the dress. The baby was known as "Little Mans". The tape is likely the original used by the photographer to affix the tintype back into the paper frame.


The right tintype is of a slightly younger child in what looks to be the same dress. It could be "Little Mans" a bit younger, still growing to fit the dress. This tintype still has an original purple paper seal. This tintype's finish has become broken and there are the signs of rust. The dark spots on the seal are mucilage used to adhere the sealing paper to the paper frame and rust.

Harry E. Cutler, Photographer, Active in Barre, Vermont and Keene, New Hampshire

Posted by LangdonRoad on December 5, 2012 at 8:15 AM Comments comments (3)

The sepia toned photo albumen measures about 3 7/8 inches by 5 1/2 inches and is affixed to a white or ivory color heavy cardboard mount with rounded corners that measures 4 1/4 inches by 6 1/2 inches. The photographer’s mark is below the image: H. E. Cutler, Barre, VT. This cabinet card was likely taken in the 1890’s. Cutler is not listed in the 1890-1891 Barre Vermont City Directory but he is first found on the 1900 Federal Census for Vermont working as a photographer in Barre, Washington County, Vermont.

There is a photographer named Harry E. Cutler who first appears working as a photographer on the 1900 Federal Census Vermont, Washington County, Barre Township. He and his wife and children were living at 107 South Warren Street. Harry E. Cutler, photographer was born about March 1865 in Vermont of VT born parents. He married in about 1889 to Ina who was born about Nov 1867 in VT. They had three daughters, Lura C. Cutler born Dec 1889, Lila B. Cutler born Feb 1891, Gladys R. Cutler born Jan 1893 and a son H. Everton Cutler, born Apr 1898, all in Vermont.


By the time of the 1910 Census, Harry E. Cutler, had his photography studio in the state of New Hampshire, Cheshire County, Keene Township. Daughter Lila Cutler was working as an operator in the studio and another daughter had been born, Marion J. Cutler.


On the 1920 Federal Census for New Hampshire, Cheshire County, Keene Township, Harry E. Cutler, photographer, his wife and two youngest children were still in Keene, but living at 26 Fowler Street in a home that he owned free and clear.

Adolph Roggen (1863-1941), Photographer, of Fort Wayne, Indiana

Posted by LangdonRoad on December 5, 2012 at 7:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Photograph by Adolph Roggen of Fort Wayne, Indiana. Unidentified lady posed around the year 1900 in a large hat trimmed with wide ribbon and long feathers or fur. Her jacket has leg-o-mutton sleeves and military style cuffs and tails. She has a strand of matched pearls around her high collar. This authentic, antique sepia image measures 3.75” x 5.75” has a matte finish and instead of being mounted on thick cardboard it is partially affixed with glue to 9” x 12” cardstock with a linen surface. The artist's mark is a gold foil paper seal glued to the mount. It reads only: “Roggen, Ft. Wayne.” The reverse is blank. *Photo is sold.

Using census records and city directories, the world of Adolph Roggen appeared. I was first able to locate Mr. Roggen's first name on the 1900 Federal Census for Indiana, Allen County, Wayne Township and Fort Wayne City. Adolph Roggen was the head of household in a house at 34 West Simpson in Fort Wayne. Adolph Roggen, Photographer, aged 36 was born about November 1863 in Germany of German-born parents. He noted that he was a naturalized citizen, having immigrated to the US in 1872 and had been living here for 27 years. As he would have been about 9 years at the time, he may have come to the US with his parents or family.

Boarding in the house at 34 West Simpson were several men with different occupations. One is another photographer named Chas A. Quillen, aged 22, born about October 1877 in Ohio.

On the 1910 Indiana Census, Wayne Twp, Allen Co., Fort Wayne City, Adolph Roggen is aged 46, still single and living by himself at 1122 Calhoun. He is renting the house, but owns the photography studio. His emigration year is given as 1873. According to Indiana Marriages 1800-1941, Adolph Roggen married on 11 April 1911 to Pearl Crouse in Allen County, IN. (Source: Index to Marriage Record 1824 - 1920 W. P. A. Book 35 OS Page 404)

There is a typed transcript of the 1903 Fort Wayne, IN City Directory. Listed is Pearl Crouse who was working as a photo retoucher for Adolph Roggen. At the time Pearl Crouse was boarding at 754 W. Superior. The house there was owned or rented by David Crouse, whose occupation is given as laborer. That year Adolph Roggen, photographer worked and lived at 1122 Calhoun, the address where he was still listed on the 1910 Census.

By 1920, Adolph Roggen had moved to Illinois, Lakeview Township in Cook County. The 1920 Federal Census for Illinois Cook Co. Lakeview Twp shows him living at 1242 Cornelia Avenue. The ages and dates for him in particular are inconsistent and he is working as the manager of restaurant. Wife Pearl Roggen aged 37, was born in Indiana and their daughter Josephine Roggen was born in 1912-1913 in Indiana as well. There is a birth record for a daughter born to Adolph and Pearl Roggen in 16 August 1912 that seems to be for daughter Josephine Roggen. (Source: Allen County, Indiana Index to Birth Records 1887 - 1920 Inclusive, Book CH-5, Page 132)

By the time of the 1930 Census, Adolph Roggen is again working as a Photographer. He and his wife and daughter were living at 1320 Montague Avenue, in Chicago's 48th Ward in Cook County, IL.

Albert C. Roggen died 7 July 1941 in Chicago. [Source: File number 19021 Cook County Genealogy Records (Deaths), Chicago, IL]

World War I Victory Arch in New York City 1919

Posted by LangdonRoad on September 3, 2011 at 11:40 AM Comments comments (2)

These three small sepia tone photographs measure 2.25 by 3.5 inches. They are from my grandmother Sigrid Ruth Garner's (1903-1988) album she kept as a teenager living in NYC. They are identified on the front with pen and ink.

Maurice Farrington, photographer of Delhi, New York

Posted by LangdonRoad on August 6, 2011 at 12:25 AM Comments comments (0)

1866-1869 CDV of Fannie Perry by Maurice Farrington of Delhi, NY


This is an authentic carte de visite (cdv) vignette portrait of a lady named Fannie Perry. When visiting in Victorian America, these small photographs could be used as calling cards. Often one wrote his name on the back or front. In this case, it could have been the admirer who wrote her name. Notice the pinhole in the top. Someone idolized this young lady.

Fannie Perry posed at Maurice Farrington’s Art Gallery which was located over Calhoun & Sons’ Drug Store in Delhi, Delaware County, New York. Farrington was the Successor to Byron R. Johnson & Co. and likely would have bought Johnson's trade and equipment.

The albumen is on a thin cardboard mount which measures 2 1/4 inches x 4 inches, has rounded corners and a gold pinstripe border. The name of the photography studio is on the reverse.

This is fine example of a fancy day dress, with decorative braid on the bodice and cuffs. She is wearing dark gloves and the perfect Eugénie style hat should mean that the photo was taken before 1870, closer to 1866 to 1869. Fashion has always been everything.

In 1870, Maurice Farrington makes his first appearance as a working photographer in Delhi, NY. On the 1870 NY Census, he was one of many individuals living in a hotel belonging to David Cottrell. The post office for this address in the city was given on the census as Meredith.

Maurice Farrington was born 1837 in Delaware County, NY, and died after 1910 in Delhi, Delaware County, NY. He was the son of Morris Farrington (b ca 1791) and Ruth neé Frisbee* of Delhi, NY. Maurice Farrington married in 1872 to Fannie or Frances Eliza Thompson. By the 1880 Census they and their young son Frank and daughter Pauline were thriving with a maid servant in their employ.

Maurice Farrington served in Michigan during the War Between the States. His name is on the US Civil War Draft Registrations Rolls 1863-1865 - Class 1, No. 18 Farrington, Maurice, age 25, occupation Farmer, Single, born NY (Michigan 2nd, Vol 1 of 3, Class 1, A-K, p 240) Prior to that, in 1860, he was still living at home and farming with his father.

Using the 1870 New York Federal Census for downtown Delhi, it is possible to take a ramble and locate some important people and places for the timeline in the research of Maurice Farrington, photographer:

At Household No. 23 on page 4 is another photographer,   aged 42 with his family. [Do not know yet if he and Farrington knew each other.] By the time you reach Household No. 62, on page 8, there is Calhoun’s Drug Store, in which Maurice Farrington’s photo gallery was located in the upper story.

On page 9 of the same 1870 census, Fanny Thompson, aged 21, school teacher, was living with other young adults who may be her siblings [On the 1860 Census, she can be found in the household of Nathaniel R. Thompson and his wife, Caroline C.]

On page 13 at Household No. 95 is David Cottrell’s Hotel where Maurice Farrington was living in 1870.

And several pages further away at Household No. 192 is a single young lady named Fanny Perry! She was living with other female relatives.



Since, Maurice Farrington was in Michigan in the Army as late as 1865, and working in his photography studio over the drug store in Delhi, NY in 1870, it only takes the fashion style of Fanny Perry’s outfit to estimate the date of this cdv as 1866-1869.


SOURCES: A descendant on has augmented the birth date of Maurice Farrington to 17 July 1837. He also gives the maiden name for his wife Fannie Farrington as Thompson.

*The Village of Delhi: Excerpts from the book by Pauline Hovenmeyer called "100 Years in the History of Delhi, New York 1860-1960". 

 Delaware County, NY Genealogy and History Site. List of Photography Studios in Delaware County.

Philip C. Mason, Photographer of Cambridge, MA

Posted by LangdonRoad on April 12, 2011 at 4:35 PM Comments comments (0)

1880's Cabinet Photo of Antebellum Mother

Image in grayscale

Authentic antique cabinet photo of a much, much earlier photograph of a young mother and her baby. Her cotton print day dress is a perfect example of the style so many reenactors want to achieve. The style of her hair along the face and covering her ears was popular in the 1850’s and early 1860’s, the AnteBellum period.


Someone would have commissioned Mr. Mason, the photographer, to make a copy in order to preserve the older image. Mason was active in Cambridge, Massachusetts at least in the late 1880's and later. Philip C. Mason was born 19 March 1852 in England. There are immigration records for him that indicate he became a naturalized citizen in the US District Court in Boston on 25 Oct 1887. He is listed at the 186 North Avenue in Cambridge, MA address where the above photo was made, in 1888 through 1890. At that time he was living in a house in Somerville.


This cabinet card is from my personal collection. The design of this dress has been part of my research into 19th century American fashion and garment construction.

I have studied this many times and I cannot tell if the baby is wild-eyed and blurred because it was in motion or if this is  post mortem. The mother’s face tells me that the child had died. But it certainly is an unanswered question.  Many experts would say that it is a boy child because his hair is parted in the middle.


This cabinet photo image measures about 4¼ by 6 3/8 inches and the card board mount is off-white in color and has rounded corners. The photographer's name is under the image and the reverse is blank except for some traces of glue from being in an album earlier. Photo software has been used to enlarge the image to show details and gray scale.


Sources: 1888, 1889, 1890 Cambridge, MA City Directories and United States Naturalization Records Index 1791-1992 accessed through

Israel F. Alger, Photographer, Winchendon, Worcester Co., Massachusetts 1860's

Posted by LangdonRoad on March 29, 2011 at 11:29 AM Comments comments (0)

I. F. Alger, Photograph Artist, Winchendon, Mass


Authentic Victorian Era pair of cartes de visite (CDVs) of an unidentified middle aged couple who posed at the studio of I. F. Alger in Winchendon, Mass. On the 1870 Massachusetts State Census there is an Israel F. Alger, Photograph Artist, born about 1828 in Massachusetts.


The somber couple may be husband and wife, although there is no way to be certain. The lady has paper in her left hand which brings to mind a letter from a son or daughter. Her dress in 1860’s style, although some experts say that some women wore gowns that were out of style! She has a marvelous brooch at her throat. And extremely distinctive cross hatch pattern trim on hersleeves.


The CDVs measure about 2½ inches by 4 inches and the white or cream color card on which they are mounted is thin, with square corners anda delicate double gold pinstripe. The artists' mark is on the back. Every indication that the photos were taken in the mid to late 1860's.



Source: MA State Census

Towne & Whitney, Lady Photographers of West Gardner, Worcester Co., Massachusetts 1898

Posted by LangdonRoad on March 27, 2011 at 5:00 PM Comments comments (0)



                          Alice L. Rice                                       Jessie Gertrude Ogilvie

These are likely formal portraits of two of  the graduating class of 1898 at Gardner High School. Their names are indicated on the back. These were taken at the studio of Towne & Whitney, Lady Photographers, Central St., West Gardner, Mass. The images measure 3 by 4 inches and are on charcoal gray colored textured card stock which measure 4 1/4 by 6 inches. Engraved in silver lettering on the front is the gallery name.

Towne & Whitney

Anna F. Towne and Alma F. Whitney had a photography studio in Gardner, Massachusetts, a little before and into the first decade of the 20th century.

Anna F. Towne was born Feb 1857 in Maine. From available information it seems she married in about 1876-1877 to Willis N. Towne, also a photographer (b ca 1855 in MA). They had two children, Anna M. Towne born 1877-1878 and Willis H. Towne born 1879-1880 both in MA. On the 1880 Census the family is living at 194 Washington St., Boston, MA along with Anna F. Towne’s mother-in-law Ursula Towne, sister-in-law Lilian M. Towne and brother-in-law Charles S. Towne.

Alma F. Whitney was born about 1862 in MA. In 1870 she and her siblings Alice E. and John D. were living with their widowed young mother, Emma Whitney (b ca 1841 in MA) in the Town of Athol in Worcester Co, MA. By 1880 Alma F. Whitley’s mother had married again to Sumner W. Pitts, a restaurant keeper in Athol. Alma was 18 yrs old and teaching school and living with them, her half sister Ada L. Pitts and two female boarders, or it is possible she was in Warwick. There is another listing for an Alma F. Whitney the same age, teaching school in Warwick and boarding with the family of Samuel Reed.


By 1900, Towne and Whitney were in partnership in Gardner, MA.  Anna F. Towne was 43 years old and divorced. Alma F. Whitney was 38 and unmarried. Their photography shop was at 143 Central St. in Gardner.  Working with them was Anna M. Towne, Anna’s daughter and young woman named Annie W. Ross.

That same year, 1900, Willis Towne was living and working at 289 Washington St., Boston, as a photographer with his second wife Clara Towne whom he married ca.1890.



Clara L Rice, (above left) was an educator and Assistant Administrator of Art in Newton and Gardner, Massachusetts public schools. She was born in Nov 1879 to Orrin T. Rice and his wife Martha A. (or N.) Whittemon/Whittemor. On the 1880 Federal Census in Gardner Township, Worcester County, Massachusetts, she first appears aged six months with her parents and a sister Minnie who was born 1869, all born in MA, and maternal grandparents, William Whittemon born 1820 in MA, a Grocer and his wife Eliza born 1821 also in MA. Clara Rice's father Orrin Rice was working as a clerk in his father-in-law's grocery store.


By 1900, Clara L. Rice was 20 years old, attending school and still living with her parents at 116 High Street in Gardner. She now had a younger brother William O. Rice (b ca 1881), also a student. Her father was working as a chair framer.


In 1910, her parents were living alone at 116 High Street, Gardner, but by 1920, Clara  was again at home with her parents at 116 High St. Her father was still working for a chair manufacturer and Clara was teaching in the public schools. By 1923, Clara Rice moved to Newton, Middlesex Co., MA; She is listed in the city and again in the 1929 Newton City Directory when she was assistant supervisor of drawing in the public schools in Newtonville.


Clara L. Rice, at age 50 is on the 1930 Census boarding at 17 Maple Ave., in Newton, with an elderly lady Delia E. Clegg, two Clegg relatives and one name Dorothy Taylor. In addition to Clara, there were three other unrelated spinsters who called this home: Fannie Tewkesberry  and two school teachers,Annie L. Laman and Gertrude P. Cutten. In the 1940 Newton City Directory, Clara L. Rice is still Assistant Supervisor of Art in the public school district.


Jessie Gertrude Ogilvie, (above right) was a Massachusetts educator. She was born about 1883 in Canada. She appears on the 1900 Federal Census in Gardner Township, Worcester Co., Massachusetts in the household of Charles B. Ogilvie and his wife Stella E. Ogilvie. There are other children: Florence E. Ogilvie, Eva M.Ogilvie, all born in Canada (English part) and Ivan B. Ogilvie and Clinton B. Ogilvie, who were both born in Massachusetts. All the children were attending school. Due to her Canadian birth, she can be traced further.

In 1910, Jessie G.Ogilvie is 27 years old and a resident in Elizabeth Thorpe's boarding house in Newton City, Middlesex County, MA, where she is teaching public school.  In 1920, J. Gertrude Ogilvie is back home living with her father and teaching public school in Groton. By 1930 she is living and teaching public school in Boston. 

Sources: US Federal Censuses, City Directories

Charles Gasche, photographer, of Wooster, Ohio

Posted by LangdonRoad on March 20, 2011 at 12:53 PM Comments comments (0)


Emma Shafer cdv by Charles Gasche of Wooster, OH ca. 1880


Authentic Victorian Era carte de visite portrait of a young lady identified in pencil as Emma Shafer. She posed at the studio of Charles Gasche, Photographer, Wooster, Ohio. According to the 1880 Federal Census for Wooster, Wayne Co., OH, Charles Gasche, artist, lived at 278 North Buckeye St. in Wooster.


Emma Shafer's dark hair falls in long curls. Her frock has shirred accents on the cuffs and she is wearing long dangle pierced earrings. Also there was an Emma Shaffer living on Buckeye Street in 1880. Listed on the same 1880 U.S. Census at 326 Buckeye St. in Wooster was a 13 year old school girl named Emma Shaffer; living with her father George Shaffer and family.


The 2 1/4 by 3 5/8 inch albumen is mounted on a heavy cream card with rounded corners and a gold pinstripe around the image. Overall it is 2 1/4 by 4 1/8 inches and the artist’s mark is printed on the pale yellow back.


In order to better estimate the date this cdv was taken, I searched for information about the photographer. Charles Gasche, artist, listed on the 1880 Federal Census for Ohio in the City of Wooster, was living at 278 North Buckeye Street with his wife Mary and two children, Paul G.  Gasche and Edmund Gasche. Charles Gasche was born about 1847 in Ohio of German parents who had emigrated from Prussia. Living nearby at No. 282 North Buckeye St. is Christian Gasche born about 1825 in Prussia. This it seems may have been Charles Gasche's mother.

And living several doors away at 275 North Buckeye St. is William H. Harvy, a photographer, with a wife Alice and daughter Jennie. Although I have no other information at this time about William H. Harvy, might they ever been in partnership as photographers? Could Charles Gasche have been working as a photocolorist?

There was no one that resembled Charles Gasche on the 1900 Census in Wooster or elsewhere. I then found a record of death for a Charles Gasche:

There is an Ohio Obituary Index 1830s-2009 at the Rutherfordf B. Hayes Presidential Center. My reference was found on

Name:  Charles Gasche, born 1847, died 3 July 1886 at the age of 39, in Wayne County, OH. Source: Newspaper: Wayne County Democrat; Wooster Weekly Republican, Wooster, Ohio, issue of Jul 1886, p. 3, col. 0.  Newspaper Repository at Wayne County Public Library (Wooster). See also: Wayne County Grave Registration Cards by Bonnie Knox, Wayne County Public Library. Other notes: Civil War, Army, Co B, 186th OH vol.inf; Wooster Cemetery, Wooster, Ohio.

There is  a service record for Charles Gasche referred to in the Ohio Obituary Index. He served in Co. B of the 186 Ohio Infantry. He first received a pension as an invalid (disabled) in May 1881, and then his widow Mary petitioned again and received his pension as his widow in 1886. Although the several service records listed may be for more than one Charles Gasche, his name is to be found in U.S. Civil War Soldiers,1861-1865. Also  American Civil War Soldiers.

On the 1870 Census, Charles Gasche, born about 1847 in OH, a fresco painter by profession, appears twice, once listed as a single man living in the home with Gottlieb Gasche, a wealthy butcher, born about 1818 in Prussia and Christena Gasche born about 1825 in Prussia, living in the second ward. In the second listing he is boarding in the first ward with a family named Stark: Charles Gosche,  Fresco Painter, born about 1846 in OH. A woman Mary Gasche aged 23 is living next door.

On the 1860 Federal Census, Charles Gashey is aged 13 and living with his family in Wooster, Wayne County, OH. His father is G. Gashey 46, his mother is Christian Gashay 35 and he has two brothers Augustus G. 15 and William G. 10. There is an older Cath Nold aged 65 living with them.

And in 1850 Federal Census in Wooster, Wayne Co., Charles Gashey is 4 and with his family Gotleib Gashey 34, Christiann Gashey 25, August Gashey 5, Charles Gashey 4 and  William Gashey 0.

Souces: US Federal Censuses; Ohio Obituary Index 1830's-2009 at the Rutherfordf B. Hayes Presidential Center. All accessed on