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    Posted 4 years ago

    Mrstyndall
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    I found this little gem at a yard sale a while back in an old round container with some other what nots. The tintype is really cool with the thin decorative frame that surrounds it and the leather picture holder that protects it. Curiosity got the better of me and I carefully took the picture out of the holder. There was a small wooden piece at bottom that slides up and allows picture to pop out. After getting picture out, to my surprise there was a folded up note behind it. It is a wedding certificate of Charles Wheeler and Myra Titus (sp?) who were married in 1862.
    Also, written around the brass perimeter on all four sides on the backside of picture was love notes. From what I could make out it looks like
    I love you dearest Myra
    Can you love me and
    Return your name (?)
    Dear A to me thou life
    Some of it is hard to read and it is written in cursive with two different sets of handwriting. Very curious and neat piece. If only this piece could talk, the stories it might tell- perhaps a civil war soldier and his love?

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    Comments

    1. fleafinder fleafinder, 4 years ago
      wow this is really cool. love surprise finds in old finds
    2. Mrstyndall Mrstyndall, 4 years ago
      Me too!
    3. scottvez scottvez, 4 years ago
      Nice find!

      I have found some great information behind images that has helped to identify the image-- in fact I even found another image behind the top photo in a case.

      scott
    4. Mrstyndall Mrstyndall, 4 years ago
      Thanks, Scott.
    5. racer4four racer4four, 4 years ago
      That's fascinating MrsTyndall, and such a beautiful woman.
    6. nannah nannah, 4 years ago
      Don't be sad whoever did the reseatch on myra on ancestry didn't look very far Myra didn't die she & Charles were living in New York in 1870
      1880 she's living with her father & son she was still living in New York in 1919 a widow

    7. Mrstyndall Mrstyndall, 4 years ago
      Thanks racer4four and nannah for the comments. Guess somebody might have mixed up the dates.
    8. PostCardCollector PostCardCollector, 4 years ago
      My. Goodness! What a gloriously beautiful woman. That is an unforgetible face.
    9. Mrstyndall Mrstyndall, 4 years ago
      Postcardcollector-yes she was beautiful, I have some pretty cigarette cards and a book full of old postcards-I may post some later.
    10. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 4 years ago
      Wow, what a story! To find something that must of been treasured by the original owner like this is priceless. Glad your curiousity got the better of you.
      I removed a photo of my Grandmother out of a old frame, and behind her were two Mother's Day pictures (cards) with poems. The style of the women on the cards were 1920's. So these were hidden for over 90 years.
    11. Mrstyndall Mrstyndall, 4 years ago
      Thanks Ms.Crystalship-its always nice to find an unexpected surprise like this, especially when it's been hidden for so many years. At one time, I bought an old G. Washington print from the 1800's and behind it was Martha print

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