It’s been a while since we posted an unidentified photo so this one has a bonus – an extra related photo. Both feature what appears to be at least three generations of a family posed in front of a house. One is taken from a distance, making the house fully visible. The house is brick and it is clearly in a rural setting. The family of nine adults and four children are spaced out across the photo. It appears to be a warm summer day with leaves fully out on trees and bushes, and windows open on the house. The children are posed with croquet mallets and balls as if they had just interrupted their game to have their photo taken.
The second photo gives a much clearer view of the family. They are tightly spaced in front of a porch on the right side of the house. Several of the women and children are wearing flowers pinned to their clothes. Styles indicate a date in the early 1890s.
Help us! Our local history photograph collection is a wonderful resource, but unfortunately not every photo comes to us with full details of the place, people, or date associated with it. For that reason, we are enlisting your help. If you have any idea who this family is, or if you recognize the house, let us know. But even if you don’t, be sure to take a minute to enjoy these interesting old photos.
View all photos in the “unidentified” series.
On Monday evening, May 19th, the Southwest Michigan Postcard Club will present “Michigan Lighthouses: Past and Present,” a trip along Michigan’s shoreline with author Grace Truman at the Oshtemo Branch Library. Truman will illustrate her talk with a slideshow of photo postcards that she and her husband have collected over the course of their journeys.
Grace and Steve Truman are co-authors of Storms & Sand: A Story of Shipwrecks and the Big Sable Point Coast Guard Station (Pine Woods Press, 2014). Storms & Sand tells the history of a life-saving station that once stood in what is now part of Ludington State Park, and chronicles the lives of the lighthouse keepers at Big Sable Point.
Monday’s program is co-sponsored by the Southwest Michigan Postcard Club and the Kalamazoo Public Library. Truman’s presentation begins at 6:30 pm; books will be available for sale and signing.
And... if you’re intrigued by the hobby of collecting postcards and other historic images, here’s short video from the club’s show and sale last month in Kalamazoo.
Storms & Sand
One of the great things about KPL is that its collections are so vast, varied, and sometimes surprising. Our 107-year-old government documents collection yields some of the best surprises. A few years ago, we cataloged one of the real gems of the documents collection - the entire 128 volumes of The War of the Rebellion: A compilation of the official records of the Union and Confederate armies. This fully indexed set contains reports, correspondence, orders, etc. for all military operations of both the Union and Confederate armies during the Civil War. You wouldn’t think that could be beat, but the documents collection yielded something even more fascinating – the Atlas to Accompany the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies. It doesn’t look like much on the outside, but wait until you see all the images inside. There are maps of battles, diagrams of forts, images of war-damaged buildings; as well as uniforms, weapons, wagons, boats and trains. The atlas provides a total visual history of the Civil War.
Check out the Flickr gallery of selected images from the Atlas!
Rebel lines near Atlanta