Astoria Mystery Album

 
This album of cabinet portraits was found in a Bloomington, Illinois antique flea market in October, 1999. Since most of the photographs had been taken in Astoria, it is hoped that they can be dated, identified, and returned to descendants.

Pointing to each picture gives a Pop-up description of the subject, photographer, card style, and just a few with notes on the back. Those notes are shown as captions to the pictures below.

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Clues:

The couple in #6 are separately shown in #21, #50 and #52.

The black border on #16 and #21 may indicate being circulated at the death of the person.

The four children in #2 through #5 are all wearing the same gown, and may all be Schumans, and may have moved to Rushville prior to the birth of the last child.

The early photos from the mid 1880s were from Robinson in Astoria, and show three styles of print on the panels. The ones from Baird, successor to Robinson, show about five styles of print and border effects. The commercial art on the back of many Baird prints indicate the styles and appear to be from around the 1890s.
 
 

#1 Young man, abt 1935, no notes.
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#2 Melvin Schuman, Baird, Astoria, Ill., green border.
Melvin Schuman
#3 Melvin Schuman; Baird, Astoria, Ill., gray border, no notes.
3
#4 Baby; Baird, Astoria, Ill.; buff card, rnd corners; no notes.
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#5 Baby; Patch, Rushville, Ill.; white card, grn print; no notes
5
#6 Couple; Baird, Astoria, Ill., green card, gilt deckle edge, Baird1 back, no notes
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#7 Child; Baird, Astoria, Illinois, white card, brown print; no notes.
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#8 Young lady; Robinson, Astoria, Ills., scroll double exp., white, gilt edge, rnd corners, no notes
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#9 Young lady; Robinson, Astoria, Ills., gilt bevel edge, no notes.
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#10 Pauline Royer, Baders, Ill; Baird, Astoria, Ill., white, green print.
Pauline Royer, Baders
#11 Couple; Chas. W. Phillips, Nebraska City, Neb., no notes.
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#12 Couple; Baird, Astoria, Ill., gilt deckle edge, Baird 2 back, no notes.
Henry Trone?
#13 Young man, Robinson, Astoria, Ills., gilt bevel edge, no notes.
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#14, Young man; Robinson, Astoria, Ills., R, naut. double exp., gilt deckle edge, no notes.
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#15 Girl; Baird, Astoria, Ill., gilt deckle edge, Baird 2 back, no notes
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#16 Man; P. A. Newberg & Co., Galesburg, Ill., black card, gilt bevel edge, no notes.
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#17 Couple; Robinson, Astoria, Ills., gilt deckle edge, no notes.
Sadie Pettigrew Trone, Jacob Trone
#18 Young lady; Robinson, Astoria, Ills., scroll double exp., gold bevel edge, no notes.
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#19 Young man; Robinson, Astoria, Ills., gilt bevel edge, no notes.
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#20 Boy; Clark's, Rushville, Ill., printed back, no notes.
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#21 Young man; Black border, no notes.
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#22 Lady'; E. W. Bays, Rushville, Ills., bevel edge, no notes.
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#23 Three ladies; E. D. Sidwell, Springfield, Illinois, no notes.
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#24 Moustache man; Robinson, Astoria, Ills., gilt bevel edge, no notes.
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#25 Young man; Shoemaker and Richardson, no notes.
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#26 Baby; Robinson, Astoria, Ills., R gilt deckle edge, no notes.
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#27 Young man; Altman & Reckamp, 1889, Beardstown, Illinois, gilt bevel edge, J.C.Bakerstamp on back.
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#28 Baby; Ritchie Bros., Centralia, Ill., no notes.
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#29 Young lady; Baird, Astoria, Ill., green print, no notes.
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#30 Lady; G. W. Jorns, Springfiled, Ills., no notes.
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#31 Young Lady; Baird, Astoria, Ill., gray card, bevel edge, no notes.
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#32 Young lady; Bairds, Astoria, Ill., gray card, bevel edge, no notes.
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#33 Young Lady; Hyder, Havana, Ills., no notes.
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#34 Baby; Klauer, Louisiana, Mo., no notes.
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#35 Family; Boston & Albany R.R. Photo Car; no notes.
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#36 Family; Baird, Astoria, Ill., deckle edge, Baird 3 back, no notes.
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#37 Large Family; Ritchie Bros., Centralia, Ill., no notes.
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#38 Man; S. R. Murphy, Astoria, Ill., gray card, bevel edge, imprinted back, no notes
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#39 Young Ladies; Ritchie Bros, Centralia, Ill., no notes.
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#40 Bearded man; O. C. Hale, Cincinnatti; Sarah Anderson on back.
re: Sarah Anderson
#41 Sam; Robinson, Astoria, Ills., gilt bevel edge.
Sam
#42  Baird, Astoria, Ill., maroon deckle edge, no notes.
Fredonia
Walton Schuman
#43 Boy and girl; Robinson, Astoria, Ill., gilt bevel edge, no notes.
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#44 Formal man; Baird, Astoria, Ill., gilt deckle edge, Baird 3 back, no notes.
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#45 Young Man; Baird, Astoria, Ill., Baird 2 back, no notes.
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#46 Young lady; F. J. Kesler's, Beardstown, Ill., back imprint, no notes.
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#47 Cousin, Andy Brenneman, Tillie brother; Man; Baird, Astoria, Ill., bevel edge.
Andy Brenneman
#48 Lady; Call & Hurt, Springfield, Illinois; no notes
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#49 Family of 7; Baird, Astoria, Ill., gilt deckle edge, Baird 3 back, no notes
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#50; Young man; Robinson, Astoria, Ills., scroll double exp., gilt bevel edge, no notes.
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#51 Young Man; Robinson, Astoria, Ills., scroll double exp., gilt bevel edge, no notes.
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#52 Lady; Robinson R, Astoria, Ills., gilt deckle edge, no notes.
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#53 Father, Anna; Kaufmann, York, Pa., gilt deckle edge, aqua tint.
Father, Anna
 
Baird 1 back
Baird 2 back
Baird 3 back
 

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