As people who read this blog know, I have a fascination with old photographs… even when they are not from my family. Recently I saw two tintypes for sale from the E.T. Langlois studio in Winooski, Vermont, and I jumped at the chance to buy them. One of the photos is very interesting, for reasons I’ll explain. The photographs are both the same size, small, and are both in the original paper envelope which has the E.T. Langlois studio stamp on it. The stamp says “E. T. Langlois, Photographer, 2 Winooski Block[?], Winooski, Vermont”. Ezra T Langlois was born in Québec, Canada in November, 1859, and immigrated to the US about 1888, so his studio wasn’t in existence prior to that. I’m guessing the photos were taken right around 1888 when his studio was starting.
The first photo shows a well-dressed young man. The envelope seems to say “M. Compagnon, cab lum to m 75”.
No idea what that means, but there was a Michael Compagnon, son of Joseph Compagnon and Vitalena Tetreault, born in Canada, who married Mary Ballard and who lived in Winooski. It’s possible this is his photograph.
There are no markings on the other photo, but it’s reasonable to assume they were taken together and may be related in some way. What I find very interesting about this photograph is that it has been scratched to give the illusion of “luster” to the jewelry the women are wearing. You can see the scratches in the shape of a necklace on one woman, a pin on the other, and bracelets on both of them. The illusion is that these things are gleaming and gold-colored. I’ve never seen that before. The two women appear to be sisters. Perhaps even twins.
If anyone comes across this and has more information on these photos, please drop me a line.