Who Were They?

Lost and forgotten photos from the past

Turning the page of the Red Velvet album, we find this man. Although his is follically challenged on top, he is making up for it on his chin. The cabinet card is made of very dark green stock making the printed information a bit difficult to read. The gold is somewhat faded or worn which also does not help. However, squinting has revealed that the photographer was S. A. Smith of Cambridgeboro, PA. Cambridgeboro was a small borough of Cambridge Township, PA established in 1866. A history written in 1885 indicates that a photograph gallery is present, although it does not name the photographer.

The unnamed subject is wearing some type of pin on his jacket. It must have been important to him to wear it in his photograph. Perhaps it was a lodge or men’s club insignia.

3 thoughts on “Back to Penna

  1. IntenseGuy says:

    Cambridgeboro (now called Cambridge Springs) is about 12 miles due north of Meadville, PA.

    I believe the photographer’s initials are E. A. but can find nothing helpful in identification any event.


    1. Mrs Marvel says:

      You are right – it is E. A. Smith. I need to get my eyes checked!


  2. IntenseGuy says:

    I couldn’t identify the pin – I was thinking perhaps it was a GAR, Knights of this or that, Order of such and such, and maybe, just maybe, given how small Cambridgeboro was – it might provide a lead to who this man was…

    But no luck with that either. My mom says, it could have been anything, a locket, or a perfect attendence pin from school or work … or anything.


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