Album Rescue Project: Album 1, Photos 18-19

Here are the next photos from Album 1. Could this next image also be from Red Bridge Park? It doesn’t have any writing on the back unfortunately:

Photo 18

The next image is a funny one, with the two women posed among the reeds:

Photo 19

This photo doesn’t have any writing on the back either. I think I recognize the girl who featured in many of the earlier photos on the right with the bow on the side of her head.

Album Rescue Project: Album 1, Photos 16-17

Here are the next two photos from Album 1. They don’t reveal much, but they are great photos nonetheless:

Photo 16

So that isn’t a rogue photo corner that got caught in the scanner — this photo had another one attached to it in the album. I was able to remove the photo, but didn’t want to risk damaging this photo further by trying to remove the paper corner.

Reverse of Photo 16 "Aunt Bert"

I love this next photo:

Photo 17

Reverse of Photo 17 "Sept. 1915"

Album Rescue Project: Photos 12-13

These next two photos provide some exciting clues:

Photo 12

Reverse of Photo 12 "Shippensburg"

We have a location for all of the most recent photos! Shippensburg, Penn. Hooray! This all but confirms to me that the Red Bridge Park photo also was in Pennsylvania.

Next is an even more exciting clue.

Photo 13

Reverse of Photo 13 "Maud Geedy, Hazel Walters"

Names! First and last! I found Maud Geedy and Hazel Walters at age 16 in the 1920 U.S. Census in Shippensburg (their descendants are future candidates for having a photo or two returned to them!). The Geedy family was on South Washington Street and the Walterses on North Earl Street. These streets run about parallel, after looking them up on Google Maps, and are separated by about five blocks in between.

After inspecting this photo closer, note all the American flags that are attached to the arbor in the background. Might this have been Labor Day weekend in 1915? A photo in a previous post was dated September 1915. Labor Day was first celebrated in 1912. WWI had commenced, but the U.S. isn’t involved yet… (Actually, in reviewing some of the photos I’ve already posted, I don’t see those flags in the gazebo/arbor. This photo may have been taken on a different day entirely.)

Album Rescue Project: Photos 10-11

Here we have still more idyllic scenes from the backyard get-together featured in the last few posts.

Photo 10

Reverse of Photo 10 "Aunt Cora"

The photo above is labelled “Aunt Cora” on the back. This has me wondering if the original owner of the album was the girl pictured in the photo. I think she’s the same girl pictured in most of the photos so far. Something to ponder.

Photo 11

Reverse of Photo 11 "Sept. 1915"

The folks in the photo above are the same pictured in the background of a previous photo in the hammock series, I believe. This photo is helpfully dated “Sept. 1915″ on the back.

Album Rescue Project: Photo 9

After yesterday’s tragedy, here’s a cheery photo. It appears after the hammock-collapse series in the album, so I like to think here are the girls, still all smiles, after putting the hammock back up.

Photo 9

Reverse of Photo 9 "Good Time"

What a sweet photo. Can you see now why I wouldn’t be sad if I had to hang onto these pictures. They’re so great!

Album Rescue Project: Album 1, Photos 7-8

One more photo of this fun summer scene before disaster strikes, this time taken from a different perspective (the arbor in the background of yesterday’s photos).

Photo 7

Check out that house! Or is it houses? Check out those bows in their hair! The only thing written on the back of this photo is the number “434.”

Then, a summer tragedy…

Photo 8

Reverse of Photo 8 (A Hard Fall)

Oh! You hate to see that. One minute, you’re swaying in the breeze, and then, crash! Well, the photographer was having a good time. Although the photo is blurry (can’t you picture the photographer laughing so hard he’s shaking the camera?), I think I detect a smile on the face of the lady coming to the aid of the girls on the ground.

Album Rescue Project: Album 1, Photos 5-6

Trouble is brewing according to the caption of one of the photos below. But what could possibly go wrong given these lovely photos of ladies relaxing outdoors? Hmmm…?

Photo 5

Reverse of Photo 5 "Unsuspected"

As you can see, this serene scene of three ladies enjoying a summer day in the backyard has an ominous caption on the back: “Unsuspected.” Those who saw my earlier tweets about this project may remember how this series of photos will end, but I’m going to keep you all in suspense, at least until tomorrow.

Here’s another photo of the scene:

Photo 6

Reverse of Photo 6 "A Nice Swing"

Here, the photographer/captioner lulls us back into a sense of serenity. Just a few ladies enjoying the backyard and hammock on a lovely evening. What could possibly go wrong? Check back tomorrow to find out…

Album Rescue Project: Album 1, Photo 4

The next photo in the Album Rescue Project is the first in an amusing series of photos involving a hammock. What’s exciting about this photo is that I’m pretty sure it includes the same people as the last two photos:

This photo has a notation on the front similar to that on the others, reading “S-1915.” The reverse of this photo simply has the number 4 written on it. I believe the woman and infant are the same as those pictured in Photo 2. The older girl is the same as that pictured in Photo 1 and Photo 3.

Album Rescue Project: Album 1, Photos 2-3

The next two photos in my Album Rescue Project were floating loose, but apparently were originally displayed on the second page of the album. Photos that originally appeared on the first page are no longer there, sadly — they either were removed or fell out before I bought the album.

Here is Photo 2 and what’s written on the reverse (click on the images for larger versions):

Well, here is a dilemma. There appear to be two different dates assigned to this photo. On the front is written “S-1917,” but the back has the notation “Oct. 1914 Elizabeth Shugars.” I am thrilled that there’s a name, but now I can’t trust that the notations on the front of each photo contain accurate date information.

Now, is the name the identity of the woman or the child pictured? A search on Ancestry brought up several Elizabeth Shugars, but two are holding my interest for now. The albums, I know, contain photos of sites around Washington, D.C., and possibly Baltimore. There is an Elizabeth Shugars living in Baltimore in 1930 according to the U.S. census. She was born in 1870 or 1871 in Virginia. If this is the right Elizabeth Shugars, she must be the woman pictured in the photo, instead of the child. There is still another Elizabeth Shugars, born in 1899 and also living in Baltimore.

Fortunately, the piece of tape on the back isn’t also attached to the front of the photo.

Moving on to Photo 3 (and its reverse side):

Red Bridge Park

Here we have the same little girl as that in Photo 1, in my opinion. She doesn’t look very happy, does she? The notation on the front reads “S-1916,” but the writing on the back is more exciting. It says “Red Bridge Park.”

The bulk of Google results for “red bridge park” refer to a park in Cicero, Indiana. Here is one web site with a photo of the park’s main buildings. Note how the conical shaped roof of the gazebo mimics that of those in Photo 3.

That said, a Google Images search brings up an old photo from a Red Bridge Park near Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. That looks like the park behind the girl in Photo 3.

To read all of the posts about my Album Rescue Project, use the corresponding category here on my blog. Stay tuned for more!