It wasn’t just his own or contemporary photographs that survived in the collection of my 2x great-uncle Percy Ebenezer Trower, but older family photographs. This is one such carte de visite that survived, probably dating to a couple of generations before Percy’s.
Sadly unlike Percy’s own photographs there is no name or details on the back of this one, obviously certain clues to the age can be found in the dress, posture and photographer’s name, but that alone would probably not be enough to identify the subject.
There is probably going to be a connection with the Trower family although it might come from his wife’s side of the family. I doubt I will ever know for certain who this woman was.
Whilst picking out the photos of my grandfather and his car yesterday, I found another photo of John FAIRS on my hard drive, which is probably more interesting than the one I showed you a few days ago, although it is actually the same image.
The previous one was mounted on a large piece of card but this one is smaller, what would probably be called a carte de visite, with a wonderfully helpful advert on the back.
The Directory of Brighton Photographic Studios on the Brighton Photographers Index website lists William Hall & Son operating under that name between 1887 and 1895. So the number 1889 near the bottom of the card is probably the year, which ties in nicely with the marriage of his daughter Annie to Ebenezer TROWER.