Who Were They?

Lost and forgotten photos from the past

This lovely photograph is of Alma on the occasion of her confirmation in the Lutheran Church. I myself was confirmed as a Lutheran at about age 16, but I went through the classes later than my friends. So I am guessing Alma is between 14-16 years old here. The photographer was J. A. Hayden or Layden of Lincoln, NE.

Alma’s dress looks to be a white batiste or lawn creation with pleats and tucks everywhere. This type of dress was popular between about 1905 – 1920. The big bow in her hair is suggestive of the teens.

7 thoughts on “Alma’s Confirmation

  1. IntenseGuy says:

    J. A. Hayden, a business man of Atlantic, Cass County Iowa, is a photographer, and has his studio on the southwest corner of Chestnut and Fourth Streets. He was born in Ohio, but when a child, removed with his parents to Mt. Vernon, Iowa. He began learning his business in the fall of 1874 under M. H. Eberhart, at Mt. Vernon, and was subsequently employed in Des Moines and elsewhere. By 1920, he was living in Los Angeles, California with his wife Estelle Hayden (b. abt 1862 in Iowa).

    How long he was located at 27 O Street, Lincoln NE, I wasn’t able to determine.


  2. Jenny says:

    What a wonderful idea; I looked through all the pictures hoping to find one of my many missing relatives/pictures. Wish i knew how to blog like you; new to this. Pictures and site are beautiful. Jenny


    1. mrsmarvel says:

      Welcome! Is there a family name you are searching? I have lots more photos to post, so I hope you’ll check back from time to time, too!


  3. IntenseGuy says:

    “The Urban Development Department of the City of Lincoln has acquired a late-19th century house at 1114 C Street in the Everett Landmark District. It was built for the photographer J. A. Hayden and his wife Estelle in 1888 and occupied by them until approximately 1911.”

    7 Meg PDF – http://lincoln.ne.gov/city/plan/bdscom/hpc/reports/2010/1114c-2.pdf

    Showing pictures of the house the photographer lived in.


    1. mrsmarvel says:

      What a great shame that a dwelling with historical significance to the city had fallen into such great disrepair!


  4. I was confirmed at the age of 14..Lutheran too:) Alma has a wonderfully large bow in her hair..and wow those shoes are something else! That dress is certainly a creation…someone was a wonderful seamstress:)


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