Hamilton Genealogy: 1890's Rhea Hamilton ID'd CDV Photo, Dubuque Iowa
Antique Genealogy Item #083
Vintage Victorian 19th c. CDV Photo of Rhea Hamilton
-Dubuque, Iowa, Dubuque County History
-Hamilton Family Genealogy
-A one of kind antique photo, when sold, no more
On reverse: "Rhea Hamilton" handwritten in old period fancy pencil. Photo type: Carte de visite CDV Photograph. Photographer: Bilbrough Photographer, Dubuque, Iowa, Dubuque County. (John E. Bilbrough) Found in Franklin County MA. There is a small amount of intentional black ballpoint pen ink on this photo, if someone wanted to correct the photo background.
Found in Public Records:
Rhea Hamilton, "Iowa, State Census, 1905"
Name: Rhea Hamilton
Event Place: Crawford, Iowa, United States
Birth Year (Estimated): 1899
Rhea S D Hamilton in household of John Mc F Hamilton, "US Census, 1900"
Event Place: Hamilton & Morgan Townships Pleasanton town, Decatur, Iowa, USA
Relationship to Head of Household: Son
Birth Date: Dec 1898
Father's Birthplace: Iowa
Mother's Birthplace: Iowa, 1875
Head: John Mc F Hamilton M 25 Iowa
Wife: Libbie C Hamilton F 25 Iowa
John or J.E. Bilbrough, Photographer: Online Source: History of Dubuque County Iowa. Chicago: Western History Company, 1880 "Bilbrough was born on February 18, 1839 and grew up near London, England. He received his education there with a focus on the fine arts. He came to America in 1862 and in 1864 settled in Dubuque. Bilbrough established his business on the corner Main and Eighth Streets. The 1880 Dubuque County history noted that his business was successful to the point that he had recently purchased, for taking cabinet and life-size portraits, two camera instruments made b J.H. Dalmeyer, of London--"the finest and best made in the world."
This is a a "hidden mother" studio photo. The baby's mother would be draped behind holding the baby up for the long 30 second or more exposure in the photographer's studio, quite a feat! A beautiful old Iowa piece.
Size: 2.5 by 4 inches
Note: Hello from ~debra. I have spent years collecting over 10,000 ID’d lost family photos & paper from US flea markets & antique shops. I do the best gen research I can, but am always open to corrections. This is an original antique item, not a reprint. A new high quality rigid sleeve is included for extra protection, especially during shipping. You may buy a piece alone, or large intimate 300 dpi scans of the front and back sent immediately via email, or both. Please search carefully, as they are often found together and many may be related. I also invite you to join me at Ancestorville Genealogy on facebook. Thank you, enjoy! ~Debra Clifford (contact info on top bar)