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Found Boy in Suit

Found Boy in Suit

I found this photo ages ago in an old antique store in the moutains of Virginia. The back is printed with the words "Richter & Co. Photographers and Portrait Painters, North Corner 8th and Passyunk Ave., Philadelphia. Negatives Preserved. Copies or enlargements may be had at any time."

Richter & Company II

I have a similar photo of a great-great grandmother who died in 1891. She was born in Richmond 1848. The photo looks exactly the same but with a young girl. The back of the photo has the same address and comments. The girl in the photo looks to be about ten years old so if it really is my great great grandmother the picture was take in the late 1850's or early 1860's.

Richter & Co.

I have a photo of my great-grandparents taken by the same photography studio but I have not been able to find anything about the company. I have no idea when the photo was taken. Have you found anything?

- Patricia kenya1988@yahoo.com

 
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