Friday, July 25, 2014

Foto Friday - Tin Type Dating Men's Clothes

 I wasn't sure what I was to be
looking for but I was hoping the
jacket style would lead me to
a date range for this tintype.
I came across this blog post at
and the hat, turned down
collar and jacket length put it
around 1880's I'm guessing

Friday, July 18, 2014

Foto Friday - Gem Album

 Gem Album with 1 inch tin types.

 Wing purchased the patent for a multi lens camera that could produce multiple
images on one plate. Thus the miniature album for this format.
Wing & Allen's Sacramento gallery was opened in 1874 and in San Francisco in 1873.
Such a young boy I certainly am no expert but it seems like it might be a Civil
War uniform.  Although the Civil War was before
these galleries opened an example of another gem album here has
older photos that were combined later.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Foto Friday - John A Todd Sacramento Photographer

– side note I had the honor of writing back and forth with Mr. Palmquist before he passed. He was so generous with his time and knowledge. He invited me to visit to gain some knowledge on a family photographer and not going has been one of my biggest life regrets. -
     There's quite a discussion on John A. Todd here and tells of him being at this address from 1880-1884. How's that for dating a photo? If they were only all that easy! But I was lucky not all of the book is online this part just happened to be.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Foto Friday - Vivie

 Of course it was the wonderful image first then the diamond shape that caught my 
attention.  I figured that shape alone would help me date the photo but in addition
I had the woman's name on the back.This shape of cabinet card was popular in the
late 1890's.  That was easy I searched her name to see if I would have any luck. 
Quickly I learned although the photo was taken in Berkeley, she lived many years
in the foothill community of Nevada City not far from where I purchased the photo. 
 Vivie Rector Lindley's family were prominent figures in early Nevada County,
California history.  She was at one time a director of the Nevada City Bank and
co-owner of the National Hotel, which is still in operation today.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Spoonflower Faux Suede

 A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to catch an offer from Spoonflower.  They were putting out a new faux suede fabric and that day you could order a free 8 x 8 inch swatch of this fabric.  I was pleased with the printing, the fabric was thinner than I imagined.  I would love to do another project with them.