Posted 5 years ago
I took a break from posting awhile back. It wasn’t because I ran out of things in my collection – I still have lots of stuff left to post. I just needed some time when the rest of my life became…er…challenging. I’ll try to get back into it in the next month or so.
I believe these were relatives, because they were found with other family photographs and papers in my mother’s basement, but beyond that I have no clue.
The carte de visite shows a rather sporty fellow with trim on his lapels and sleeves, stripe down the pant leg and unbuttoned vest with watch chain. I know people didn’t smile for photos back then, but the lady/girl looks like she’s just putting up with him.
The back indicates the photographer was H. Bishop of Chambersburg, and a little research shows he was operating there during the Civil War. Of course this could have been taken a few years before or after. This CDV was found with a photo film negative of the image, so I think the pencil marks might mean a later photographer enlarged this picture to 4x5, but I have no idea where the enlargement went. “Sim Stumph ?” is written in ball point pen. I looked up that name, and there was a S Stumph that came to the US from Bavaria in 1865 at the age of 26, and a Simon Stump who lived in Lancaster about 1870 and was born in 1837. Either way I don’t know the connection to my family.