Thursday, October 30, 2014

52 Ancestors #43: The Photographic Camera and a Photograph Album

"Have one blog post each week devoted to a specific ancestor. It could be a story, a biography, a photograph, an outline of a research problem — anything that focuses on one ancestor.” 

This weeks post is about my grandmother 
It is filled with pages and pages of nameless faces. 

Photo album belonging to Rhea Fern (Coughlin) Moynahan

I thought about many things. 
When did folks start having their own cameras 
to shoot the kind of candid photos that are found throughout her album? 

By the early 1900s and certainly by the 1920-1930 it is possible
 that there was a hand held camera available in the Coughlin home.

I came across this lovely infographic on the history of the photographic camera:

Looking through the following pages (in the order they appear ), 
I felt that there may be more Poughkeepsie clues contained within the pages:

I was particularly interested in the cross in one of the photos:

And how it bears a close resemblance to the cross at Saint Peters Cemetery in Poughkeepsie:

Saint Peters CemeteryPoughkeepsie NY
Could this pier photo be taken somewhere along the Hudson River?

Could these photos be of a young William Henry Coughlin?

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