Antique Store Photo – Old Men (Veterans?)

One of the vaguely insane things I do from time to time is to buy old photos from antique stores that are in some way identified on the back, and then research the family in them so I can put them online and make them available to descendants of that family.  I did that today, finding three lovely old photos of a family from England [Robert Richardson and Eleanor James] who came to Wisconsin and Illinois. They are all now safely online.

But this photo was too cool to pass up even though there’s no marking of any kind on it. I still had to have it. If anyone has thoughts about this photo they can email me and let me know. It was purchased in an antique mall in Deerfield, Wisconsin. It looks like a group of veterans, perhaps? I’m guessing it was taken about 1880 and the men look of an age to have been veterans about 1820 or 1830, if that’s why they are together and having their photo taken. I have no idea. They could be a men’s bingo club for all I know!

[Click on the photo to enlarge or download.]

Old men, c1880?

Old men, c1880?

One interesting thing to me is that you can see a stand and set of stairs on the right of the photo like the photographer forgot to get them out of the shot.


About cthomas1967

Seeking to bring my ancestors out of the shadows of history and into the light. I have always been interested in history, and at a few different times I tried to do a family tree, but wasn't able to do it with the technology that was available then. On a business trip I visited the World War I Museum in Kansas City, MO and it was a very impressive establishment. While I was there I remember thinking, "Didn't my great-grandfather father fight in World War I? And wasn't his brother killed alongside him in some famous battle? I wonder if I can find out where he died." That's what started it all. View all posts by cthomas1967

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