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2010 to do list – identify my photos

27 Dec

Between now and the new year I will be writing about some of the things I want to achieve with my family history in 2010.

This is really something that needs doing before I try and carry out the to do item that I wrote about yesterday. Amongst all my photos are many that are unidentified, it is these that I need to try and make an attempt at identifying.

There is quite a mixture of photos, some have clues such as writing on the back or the name and address of a photographer’s studio. However many have nothing to go on at all apart from the side of the family that they came from.

Here is an example:

Unknown photo

It is in a rather poor state (it could do with some work on it) and I know it comes from a collection of photos that once belonged to my 2x great uncle Percy TROWER, and it is believed to be either one of his aunts or great-aunts.

I do have the name of the photographer’s studio, which as luck would have it is not far away in Horsham, Sussex. A quick bit of research will hopefully give me the dates when the photographer was working in Horsham and then I should be able to get a rough date for the photo and from there a rough date of birth for the young lady.

I could try and date the clothes that she is wearing, but as I am no expert on historical fashions it is unlikely that I will get very far with that. Likewise with the hairstyles.

Realistically that is probably about as far as I am going to be able to take this photo. I should be able to narrow her identity down to a particular generation but that is about it.

There is a real mix of photos, some men in uniform, several babies, several groups, really just quite a typical collection of family photos that are to be found in shoe boxes up and down the country.

It should be good fun going through these photos, at least they are already scanned. I think the first step will be to move all those that I do know into separate folders so that I am just left with the unidentified photos. I think I shall try and identify one a week, that way I won’t get too hung up on each one.

Of course some may require further detailed research, such as the men in uniform. These may well be the most interesting ones, as the photo itself will provide many clues.

While I have my (virtual) photo album open …

16 Jul

While I have my virtual photo album open and to prove to myself that I haven’t forgotten about the KINGHORNs, I thought it was about time that I showed you a photo of one of the KINGHORNs. In fact she is the only KINGHORN that I do have a photo of.

BATEMAN group (front)

The woman on the left of this group is my 2x great grandmother Dorothy Isabella KINGHORN, although by this time she was a BATEMAN, having married the gentleman in the middle, Henry BATEMAN in 1881. The young woman on right is my great grandmother Dorothy May BATEMAN, born in Brighton, Sussex in 1889 (and died in Brighton Hospital in 1916).

I believe the photo dates from around 1910, possibly on the occasion of Dorothy’s marriage in 1911 to Henry John TROWER or perhaps her 21st birthday in 1910. The back of the card is particularly ornate and quite impressive. The photographer, H.T. Edwards, was certainly still in business in Lewes Road, Brighton around 1910.

BATEMAN group (back)

Dating the photo of John FAIRS

15 Jul

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.

John FAIRS (front and back)

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.

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