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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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Pensive Rocker: 1912

Pensive Rocker: 1912

I recently purchased a collection of negatives, both film and 4x5 glass. They seem to be circa 1912 and were taken in upstate New York. We have identified locales such as Trenton Falls park (now closed) as well as Niagara Falls, Fultonville and Rome. This lady is featured in most of them, as well as her husband and young son. There are other people, but these three are seen most often. She has an extensive wardrobe, and is photographed in many beautiful outfits. This dress is the simplest. In another photo, she is seen in this chair reading a newspaper. One article in the paper gives us the hint of 1912, and her wardrobe offers more evidence. I'll submit other photos if there is interest. View full size.

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Late to the party but

I'd also like to see as many of this woman and her family as you have. Please.

[There are several more in the Member Gallery. -tterrace]

Yes, most definitely

I would definitely like to see more of these photos.

It saddens me when I see family photo collections end up on eBay, or in other places, but I can understand. My mother passed away four years ago at age 93, and her three sisters (all older) were already gone. She had quite a few pictures, mainly from the '30s to the '50s, some of which were her mother's (my older sister has them all now). Except for some of my cousins who are in their seventies, I doubt that anyone in my family could name a lot of the people in the pictures.

You can write names and dates on the backs of prints, but there's not much you can do with negatives, whether film or glass.

More, please

She's beautiful and interesting.

And it's always particularly interesting to see the same person in multiple situations.

Me too....

Great picture, yes I'd love to see more please.

Addressing the rocker. The rocker inletted into the legs, the pass through arm supports and turnings on the top rail and spindles screams Shaker made.


As I grew up in East Aurora NY, it would be interesting to see any shots from Elbert Hubbard's Roycroft Arts & Crafts era.
Thank you so much for sharing this.

Shaker Rocker copy

The rocker is a copy of a Shaker rocker. The originals had horizontal slats or a woven fabric ribbon back, never turned vertical bars. They can be found on auction sites and will be called - if the vendor is honest - "Shaker style". An original will be called Shaker production. The Shaker style rockers are generally well made and reasonably priced.

Oh wow.

Yes, more please! Shorpy, you are the best part of my mornings!

More, Please

As an Upstate New Yorker currently residing in Rome, New York, I would love to see more of these photos. When Trenton Falls was open, it was a beautifully photogenic area. So yes...another vote for MORE of these images.

Yes Please, and Thank you.

I'd love to see more please. Thank you. Bill


You may have selected this one purposefully, but it is quite provocative. I would love to see what other interesting things this photographer has come up with. Please.


I would love to see more pictures of this lovely woman and her family, along with anything else from that era. Thank you.

Please 3Dfoto I want some more

I'd love to see more. Especially if her dresses are as lovely as this one

Her jewelry

I don’t know what they called them, dress watches? I think the watch face was upside down so the wearer could look down and read it. Hers reads a quarter to ? If the hour hand is under the glare it would be three or four in the afternoon.

Did women of this era only get one ring when they got married? She is only wearing, by today’s standards, an engagement ring with a single diamond. It looks like it is starting to cut into her finger. Could the young boy be the son of one or the other and they’re still dating/ engaged?

I can barely make out some kind of stone in a silver necklace.

Rock On

By all means. I for one have an interest.


Seeing folks from our past in intimate private moments enjoying their times and traditions would be most interesting - the photography and reproduction are wonderful too - - - Thank you !

Bring it on

Most definitely a collection of photos from that era, if they are family photos as appears, would be of interest to me. Please do post more of them.


I live in WNY and would love to see more photos from this vicinity.

Gibson Girl

Hairstyle and outfit are very much the Gibson Girl look. I'd love to see more!

Yes, of course!

People are so much more interesting than cars! And people who dress well? Priceless.


It will be fun to try to figure out who they are.

More Please

Would love to hear from a viewer who knows antique rocking chairs as to where this may have come from.


Please do share more photos from the collection. I would LOVE to see them. I always like looking at the clothes people wore in decades past.

Yes, interest!

I'd love to see more, this era was fascinating to me...

More than happy

to see more pictures of this attractive young woman and her family.

Please Continue

Giving us hints of our own grandparents' lives: it's one of the things Shorpy is really good at. Thank you.

Yes, Please

I'd love to see more of this collection. Please do submit further photos.

Yes, Please

I'm just going through many family photos from 1900-1918, and would be fascinated to see this family as well,

Please do

A family photo collection from 100+ years ago sounds like it would be great fun to view. Please do submit.

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