I purchased this photo album on eBay because almost all the photos in it are from Burlington, Vermont. I also have this moral objection to breaking up photo albums, so I wanted to make sure they were kept together. There are 37 photos in the album, but two of them are duplicates, so 35 unique photos in all. 30 of the photos are from Burlington, VT. Two are from Toledo, OH, and there is one each from Jersey City, NJ, New York, NY, Sandusky, OH, and Lincoln, NE.
There is only one photo in the entire album that is identified. It’s a photo of an infant, taken at Wheat Photography at “North O Steet, Lincoln, Nebraska”. It says “Grace D. Cogswell, four months old”:
Grace Dewey Cogswell was born 11 Jun 1881 in Lincoln, Nebraska to John Dewey Cogswell (1855-1936) and Carrie Elizabeth Dye (1895-1952). Grace seems to have never been married and had no children. She lived in New York almost her entire adult life, mostly in Rochester. She died 27 Sept 1971 in Zephyrhills, Florida. She had two brothers, John D. Cogswell Jr. and Ralph N. Cogswell, and a sister Florence C. Cogswell.
The rest of the photos are not identified, but there’s every reason to believe they are related in some way to Grace Cogswell or her family. Her great-great-grandparents were Paul Cogswell (1780-1843), Abigail Kenyon (1787-1831), Martin L. Dewey (1799-1878), Rachel Lodema Simmons (1803-1849), John Hoff Dye (1799-1881), Elizabeth Obleness (1803-1902), Samuel Griggs (b 1804), and Asenath Wheeler (1800-1851).
There are a few people in the album who have more than one photo, so let’s move on to them. This young man has two photos (and a duplicate of the second photo) in the album. The first photo was taken at the studio of W. E. McKecknie at 47&49 Summit Street, Toledo, OH. The second was taken at the City Photograph Gallery on Church and Bank Streets in Burlington, VT by M. J. Bixby. This indicates that the family moved from near Toledo, Ohio to Burlington, Vermont sometime about 1880-1890.
This one was also taken in Toledo, so might be closely related to the man above:
This gentleman with the mustache has two photos, one with impressive sideburns and one without:
And there are two of this next man also, one with floppy hair, and one with a crew cut:
The next two photos could be of the same man. If not, they are probably brothers. The resemblance is quite strong.
These two photos of young children were seemingly taken in the exact same chair, so they could possibly be siblings:
There are three photos total that were taken in Ohio. Two of them in Toledo, OH and this one in Sandusky, OH.
Here are the rest of the photos in the order in which they appeared in the album:
I love this one. He looks like a German scientist:
A lovely young woman with an elaborate hairstyle:
This next photograph is the only tin-type in the album. It’s a lovely portrait of a freckled woman wearing a cameo:
I like this one too. It looks like a young Albert Einstein.
A contemplative Victorian woman:
I believe this photo from my collection (not in the album) is the same woman:
The face off this child, unfortunately, was ripped and cannot be seen.