The Indelible Effect of a Vintage Imprint

The Minor Family Album closes with nine children's portraits, all of them, but one, local Green County kids photographed by Carmichaels (Pennsylvania) portrait expert, Thomas W. Rogers. The exception is found in page twenty-three's head shot of a young girl, taken by Iowan Silas T. Wiggins of Cedar Rapids, in the early eighteen nineties. To … Continue reading The Indelible Effect of a Vintage Imprint

On Court Avenue

The cabinet card is not quite as sturdy as one would expect from an established photographer like Benjamin E. Goldsberry, and his studio logo was stamped in haste across the bottom, leaving the green-inked words crookedly confirming the man's location--Court Avenue in Bedford, the county seat of Taylor County, Iowa. Ben Goldsberry operated cameras like an … Continue reading On Court Avenue

Taylor Is The New Greene

In the mid to late 1800s entire branches of original Greene County, Pennsylvania families headed west.  Some may have stopped in Ohio or Missouri before finally heading west again--to the fertile lands of Iowa. Stephensons, Minors, Hartleys, and Keenans swept into the plains of Taylor County, along the south-central border with Missouri.  And many of … Continue reading Taylor Is The New Greene

UPDATED Strangers Cross My Path Again: The Minor Family Album

I am becoming a bit wary of this great-great-grandmother of mine, Mary Jane Minor. She does not appear to have had much of a design plan for this photograph album, for turning to pages six and seven, I am greeted by strangers once again.  Strangers from Iowa. The man sports a full beard and moustache, and wears his … Continue reading UPDATED Strangers Cross My Path Again: The Minor Family Album

I’m a Big Brother! : Ivan Vannoy circa 1911

  In 1911, Donald Minor's cousin, Bedie Harrington Vannoy, had her third child out in Iowa.  The little boy was eventually named Paul, and returned with siblings Ivan and Janet to visit their grandmother, Sarah Minor Harrington McClure, and their great-grandpa, Francis Marion Minor, with whom Donald lived while his father convalesced from migraines in … Continue reading I’m a Big Brother! : Ivan Vannoy circa 1911