Who Were They?

Lost and forgotten photos from the past


Today’s feature is an AZO real photo postcard with the corner triangles pointing up, so we can date the photo to between 1904-1918. A real photo postcard is a postcard made on photo paper, meaning the photo was developed directly onto the postcard. One of the popular type of papers made for this purpose was Kodak Professional AZO Paper, which was available until 2005! The stamp box – where you put your stamp for mailing – can reveal information about when the postcard itself was produced, as the stamp boxes changed a bit over time. From 1904-1918 the AZO postcard featured four triangles pointing up, one in each corner of the stamp box. From 1918-1930, there were two triangles pointing up and two pointing down. And overlapping from 1927 to 1940, there were squares in the corners of the stamp box.

This postcard is identified as picturing Virginia Cranford at about 10 years old, taken at New Castle. She is cute!

UPDATE: Iggy suggested and I agree that what I read as an N really is a W, making this Virginia Crawford.

5 thoughts on “Virginia Cranford

  1. IntenseGuy says:

    Hmm.. this is a toughy. There is a New Castle in at least 6 states – Pennsylvania, New York, Delaware, Indiana, Virginia and Colorado.

    Add to that, I think the name might be Crawford too – look at the “w” in Ne(w) Castle and the letter in Cra(?)ford.

    Trying all those combinations – I still didn’t hit anything that looks like a good fit for the woman photographed.


    1. Mrs Marvel says:

      I now think it’s CraWford too. I should quit writing posts at 11 p.m. when my eyes are tired, huh.


  2. IntenseGuy says:

    Did they have AZO’s in England? there is another New Castle over there. :)


    1. Mrs Marvel says:

      See the next post, heh


  3. She is as cute as she can be, I love her bows and her smile:)


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