Instant Ancestors

The tongue-in-cheek sign by these cabinet card photographs stopped me in my tracks.

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I’m sure the antique shop owner thought it would be an attention-grabber. It certainly worked for me.

Most of the cards were blank on the back. But this card had been a gift, signed by the sender:

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I couldn’t leave this lovely young lady in a cardboard box in an antique store in St Joseph Michigan, so I bought the cabinet card and brought her home with me.

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In the hope of reuniting her with her family.

Do you know of the Lees or Uhligs and their connection to Decorah Iowa?

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5 thoughts on “Instant Ancestors

  1. Very difficult to link people in photos with their descendants if there are no names or other details on the back of a photo. You could start with the studio and work backwards, try to find who the clients were – if there is anything written about them, anywhere.

    I’ve so many that I’d love to reunite with their families.

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  2. Quite a clever way to market old photographs! Kudos to the store owner for his/her cleverness!

    And many thanks to you for posting unknown photos in the hopes of “reuniting” them with their descendants.

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