Advertisement Pages from Household Elegancies, 1875.

Advertisement Pages from Household Elegancies, 1875.

Ads from Household Elegancies, Suggestions in Household Art and Tasteful Home Decorations by Mrs.C.S. Jones and Henry T. Williams; second edition, 1875.

Ads from Household Elegancies, Suggestions in Household Art and Tasteful Home Decorations by Mrs.C.S. Jones and Henry T. Williams; second edition, 1875.

Advertisements from Household Elegancies, Suggestions in Household Art and Tasteful Home Decorations by Mrs. C.S. Jones and Henry T. Williams; second edition, 1875.

Advertisements from Household Elegancies, Suggestions in Household Art and Tasteful Home Decorations by Mrs. C.S. Jones and Henry T. Williams; second edition, 1875.

Title page and lampshade pattern from Household Elegancies, Suggestions in Household Art and Tasteful Home Decorations by Mrs. C.S. Jones and Henry T. Williams; second edition, 1875. 

Out of Doors dress, Hat and Bonnet from Peterson’s Magazine, June 1871.

Out of Doors dress, Hat and Bonnet from Peterson’s Magazine, June 1871.

Bridal Veils and New Styles of Hair Dressing, from Peterson’s Magazine, June 1871

Bridal Veils and New Styles of Hair Dressing, from Peterson’s Magazine, June 1871

The Paris Paletot with diagram, from Peterson’s Magazine, June 1871

Bathing costumes for mother and child plus lady’s work apron, from Peterson’s 1870

Bathing costumes for mother and child plus lady’s work apron, from Peterson’s 1870

Four ladies’ hats from Peterson’s 1874

Four ladies’ hats from Peterson’s 1874

Portrait of a Lady 1878

Portrait of a Lady 1878

Portrait of a Lady, circa 1880

Portrait of a Lady, circa 1880

#FacialHairFriday: Unidentified Chin Beard with Man Attached, mid-century.

#FacialHairFriday: Unidentified Chin Beard with Man Attached, mid-century.

Bonnets and children’s frocks, August 1870, Peterson’s Magazine

Bonnets and children’s frocks, August 1870, Peterson’s Magazine

#FacialHairFriday; another goatee on the very handsome subject.
This is John Schwinghammer, circa 1870. This is my favorite photograph, not just in my own collection, but in any collection I’ve seen. Aside from being quite handsome, Mr. Schwinghammer proved to be my most successful research project.
I acquired this image in a bulk lot purchase and was very pleased to find that, not only was his name on the back, but there was a photographer’s mark as well. This albumen portrait was made in Egg Harbor City, New Jersey. After several weeks of research, following clues and going cross-eyed searching census records, I discovered that Mr. Schwinghammer was born in Bavaria and immigrated with his family to the US in the 1850s. He went on to serve as mayor of Egg Harbor City (which, incidentally, was established as a colony for German immigrants-but that’s another research project) and is buried there.

#FacialHairFriday; another goatee on the very handsome subject.

This is John Schwinghammer, circa 1870. This is my favorite photograph, not just in my own collection, but in any collection I’ve seen. Aside from being quite handsome, Mr. Schwinghammer proved to be my most successful research project.

I acquired this image in a bulk lot purchase and was very pleased to find that, not only was his name on the back, but there was a photographer’s mark as well. This albumen portrait was made in Egg Harbor City, New Jersey. After several weeks of research, following clues and going cross-eyed searching census records, I discovered that Mr. Schwinghammer was born in Bavaria and immigrated with his family to the US in the 1850s. He went on to serve as mayor of Egg Harbor City (which, incidentally, was established as a colony for German immigrants-but that’s another research project) and is buried there.

This is a fragment of a Godey’s color plate from the 1870s. I make period style hats and scraps like this, although in bad shape and not worthy of a frame, give me lots of ideas when designing my millinery. Hopefully these give you inspiration, too.

This is a fragment of a Godey’s color plate from the 1870s. I make period style hats and scraps like this, although in bad shape and not worthy of a frame, give me lots of ideas when designing my millinery. Hopefully these give you inspiration, too.