Who Were They?

Lost and forgotten photos from the past

This photograph was on the same page opening as the Giffords, so I do wonder if this is their son. They certainly had the wealth to dress a boy in a light colored and prissy suit. He is standing on some sort of straw mat meant to look like grass in a field and the faux wall prop looks more like a funeral monument than a country lane to me!

Here’s the back of the card. Photographer was A. McCormick of Oxford PA. The elaborate decoration on the back mark indicates later in the era, so I’ll date this to the 1890s possibly as late as 1895.

4 thoughts on “Unidentified youth

  1. IntenseGuy says:

    Oxford, PA and West Nottingham, PA are just across the Mason-Dixon line from Port Deposit, Zion, Calvert, and Far Hills, Cecil County. Elkton, MD is “just down the road”. So most of the names (and the pictures) come from an area about ten miles by ten miles of mostly rural farmland (even today) straddling the PA/MD line.

    Likewise, those photos from Lambertville and nearby NJ are also within an area of 10×10 miles of mostly rural farmland. The photos from New York are baffling. :)

    Might this be Ruth Carhart Gifford (b: 22 Feb 1892 d. 07 Jul 1950) daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Rutledge Gifford?


    1. Mrs Marvel says:

      This photo is definitely a boy. While they often dressed boys in dresses they never put girls in pants.


  2. Did the Giffords have another child..perhaps one that died young? Just a thought:)


  3. IntenseGuy says:

    Alexander McCormick (b, abt 1824) and 56 years of age during the 1880 US census was the photographer. The 1900 census shows him as a “Capitalist”, a boarder, widower and age 76. This photo might date a little earlier than suspected.


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