this week invites us to submit old photos of trials, lawyers, and/or writing on photos.
I don't have the first 2, but have the last in abundance. And sometimes the writing was applied many years later than the event, so is sometimes wrong at to people's names, misleading, or dated incorrectly. I'm glad when there's a question admitted. Unfortunately sometimes the answers are still wrong. But it does show the appreciation of having some names given to old pictures, which came about at the times they were passed from one hand to another, most often.
And that hand off is strangely never documented.
A batch of letters/ perhaps a box. Another box of photos. And later an album of photos. They would have been given to interested relatives usually at the death of the collector. The interested relative might have been the one most friendly to the elder who died, or perhaps just the first one on the scene who wanted those documents. Maybe several others were also interested, so it would be part of that conversation..of whom is this a photo? Some of the owners would have no more interest than to be possessors of something that someone else might want. Seldom were these memorabilia mentioned in a will.
Thus through the generations would old items be passed, until sometime they would go to an auction, a library, or a trash bin, or perhaps be scanned for adding to listings on the ancestry site.
My great great Uncle Chauncey Sweet's friend and benefactor, Henry Rosenberg of Galveston, was the subject of my blog a while ago. Both of them are characters of high regard. Look here if you have a chance.
This photo has a dedication from Mr. Rosenberg to Chauncey G. Sweet.
His wife, Mollie, also dedicated a photo to Chauncey, a bit more intimate I'd say...
I remember when I first got married in 1963 having long talks with my elder relatives about our family history, and my grandmother never mentioned these photos. Did one of my older cousins, or one of my uncles (brothers of my father) have them? It is possible they were in the collection of her sister, Stella Zulieka Swasey Winslow, who died in 1960, (the same year as my grandfather, George Rogers). There are many possibilities. And at some time someone added these photos to our Ancestry DOT com pages, which is the first place I ever saw them.
I am so blessed to live in an age when digital means are available to share these old photos.