Who Were They?

Lost and forgotten photos from the past

This lovely cabinet card is from the C. Murray Album. After the great disappointment of Flora Moses’ passing, I needed to take a moment before getting back to the album. You may not recognize her at first, but this mother is the bride in this wedding photo. The way I figured this out was by looking at the brooch she has at her throat. After noticing that Abbie J Moses wore the same necklace in all her photos, I became curious if I would find this repeated with other women. Lo and behold, under a magnifying glass, I was able to determine the same pin being worn in both photos of this woman.

This photo features Mother and a lovely baby girl who appears to be quite curious. Unfortunately, this was written on the back of the card:

It breaks my heart. It also makes me wonder if whatever took this lovely baby also took Flora Moses. We will never know.

This is my first Sepia Saturday post. Take a moment and look at the other sites, too.

UPDATE: This mother is Kate (Parish) Streeter, wife of Arthur Streeter. Kate and Arthur married May 1, 1889. Kate passed away in 1896.

20 thoughts on “What happened?

  1. How very sad that three weeks after the photo was taken that this little one was dead. Times were not good for small children back then, so many died. 1891 was the worst year for Typhoid, and then there was Diphtheria which was known as “the strangling Angel of children” ..I read where 80 percent of deaths in children under ten years of age were from Diphtheria..it would have been really hard to be a Mom back then:(


  2. willow says:

    This is a wonderful blog! I’ve recently started collecting CdVs and keep my eye open for them now when I’m out antiquing. It is quite sad so many are out there, abandoned, without a family. It’s fun to adopt them and take them home.

    Thanks for your nice comment at WM.


  3. Pat in MN says:

    gorgeous eyes in mother and baby! Intersting that the same brooch was worn in photos. I guess back then they only had one or two pieces of jewelry, not a collection as people (me included) have today. I could have used the title of your blog on my Sepia post this week!


  4. Alan Burnett says:

    Your post has everything. A truly beautiful vintage photograph (cabinet cards have such style don’t they), one mystery solved, and plenty more questions to keep us going. Welcome to Sepia Saturday, glad to have you on board.


  5. Christine says:

    And the baby looked so healthy there. How sad. The bride/mother looks so hopeful. The groom…well, not so much.


  6. Lovely photo. It’s actually full of life, something not common in these portraits.

    I know what you mean about discovering sadness associated with a found photo. I once purchased a large selection of photos at an estate sale. Found a newspaper clipping amongst them which lead me on a daylong search into the families history, most of it focusing on the son. Hours into it I discovered the son had been killed in a plane crash. Some of the photos I was holding had been taken by him.


    1. mrsmarvel says:

      That had to have been really difficult. I’m over sensitive, I think. Not that I cried, but I really was devastated at learning of the first little girl’s death. Maybe it’s just because I have my own little girl, it really just struck a chord with me.


  7. gibknitty says:

    a beautiful photo and interesting tidbit about the wearing of the same brooch/necklace in photos. thanks for sharing this.


  8. Nancy says:

    You’re so observant to notice the same brooch on the lady in both photos. In the wedding photo, it is interesting to see two rows of buttons on her dress, though I think she must have on a dress and a jacket. Photos taken during the time-period when the mother & child photo was taken are usually so static. It’s unusual to see a glimpse of activity. Very sad that the child died, though I’m sure the photo was a treasure to the mother through the years to remember her child.


  9. Nancy says:

    P.S. I love your blog background and colors.


  10. I’m mourning for that beautiful little baby.
    Great detective work with the brooch. It goes to show how much information you can find when you’re determined…and persevere.


  11. Vicki Lane says:

    So many children died young. Grave yards of the time tell the same sad story.

    Lovely post;lovely blog!


  12. Eric S. says:

    Fabulous picture. Interesting that you would catch such a small detail to match the woman in the photos. So sad that the baby passed so young, a regular occurrence in those days unfortunately.


    1. mrsmarvel says:

      It does remind us how fragile life was, and how fortunate we are today with the vaccinations for childhood illnesses!


  13. TICKLEBEAR says:

    the death of a child is a broken promise of the future he/she could have had… nonetheless, a beautiful picture, over which the mother must have cried often.


  14. Marilyn says:

    What a beautiful post and photo of mother and baby, so sad that the baby died; I can’t imagine the heartbreak.
    Thank you so much for visiting my blog and your lovely comments.


  15. CatM says:

    I found new information! I think the baby is actually a boy, B. Alfred Streeter – s/o (son of) G.A. and Kate, buried in the same cemetery. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Streeter&GSby=1891&GSbyrel=in&GSdy=1892&GSdyrel=in&GSst=18&GScntry=4&GSob=n&GRid=65132656&df=all&


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