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Genealogy Article: Ancestral Migration Lost Family Photos Antiques

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Genealogy Article: Ancestral Migration Lost Family Photos Antiques

1900 Real Photo Postcard of Grover Price & Family. Found in the area of Berrien County, Michigan & Saint Joseph County, Indiana.  Ancestral Migration, “Fevers,” and the Finding of Lost Family Objectsby Debra Clifford, Ancestorville ...and click here to view 1000's of antique ID'd family photos on Ancestorville.        An interesting article on "Ancestral Migration" by Barbara Krasner-Khait in Family Chronicle (May 2001) opened my eyes to the massive family migrations known as "fevers". A "fever" occurred when a hysteria about a new region swept through a district. This "fever" enticed families to move quickly, before they might lose out on...

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Collecting Rewards of Merits: Vintage Antique 19th c. Victorian Cards

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Collecting Rewards of Merits: Vintage Antique 19th c. Victorian Cards

 1840-50's Hand Tinted Reward of Merit to Holland Philips from Florence E. Ballard. Found in Orlando Florida in Seminole, Orange and Brevard Counties. Hand tinted bird labeled a "Western Red Shouldered Hawk". We found evidence of an early Holland Philips family living in Greene or Dobbs County, NC, and later in the 20th century in Alleghany County PA. ...and click here to view 1000's of antique ID'd family photos on Ancestorville. An Article on the history of 19th c. Victorian era School Rewards of Merit by Debra Clifford, Ancestorville At Ancestorville, we have over 100 family identified Rewards of Merit cards for sale...

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Collecting Tintypes: 19th c. Antique Vintage Victorian Old Photographs

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Collecting Tintypes: 19th c. Antique Vintage Victorian Old Photographs

1860-70's W.H. Pearce's Algonquin Bon Ton Tent. (Collection of author.) A wonderful early advertising piece for the traveling photographer tent of W.H.Pearce. (A Bon Ton is the same size as a CDV) See Dr. Cheney tintype photo below.  ...and click here to view 1000's of antique ID'd family photos on Ancestorville. An Article on Tintype Photographs by Debra Clifford, Ancestorville The tintype, also known as "melainotype" or "ferrotype", was a real workhorse in early photography. The least expensive in their day, and the most common of all antique photographs to be found at flea markets and antique shops, tintypes are rarely...

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Collecting Victorian Calling Cards: Vintage Antique 19th c. Customs

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Collecting Victorian Calling Cards: Vintage Antique 19th c. Customs

  Mrs. E. Harris Dressmaking & Millinery Shop c. 1870-80’s Advertising Trade Card in Calling Card Format, West Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  ...and click here to view 1000's of antique ID'd family photos on Ancestorville. An Article on Victorian Calling Cards, Friendship Cards, Advertising Calling Cards, Surnames & Customs by Debra Clifford, Ancestorville     At Ancestorville, we have over 850 Victorian era family identified calling cards to go up. They range from the ornate die cut Victorian hidden name cards, to handwritten cards in beautiful old script, to printed cards with simply the name of the bearer. Some cards have the wife’s maiden name...

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Collecting Ambrotypes: Vintage Antique Victorian Photographs

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Collecting Ambrotypes: Vintage Antique Victorian Photographs

    The Liljenquist Family donated their rare collection of over 700 ambrotype and tintype photographs to the Library of Congress. This is 1860's  Civil War era hand colored, or hand tinted. ...and click here to view 1000's of antique ID'd family photos on Ancestorville. An Article on Ambrotype Photographs by Debra Clifford, Ancestorville     Ambrotypes (also known as "ambros") are an image developed on an early glass plate. They are generally placed in antique decorative wooden hinged cases (as seen above) much like daguerreotype photos or "dags". Most ambrotype photos found today are unsigned, whereby the photographer's name and whereabouts are...

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