Have you ever had an old-time portrait made with your family or friends? Do you know that they have been making them for over a century?
My Mom brought me this unique photo that was taken about a century ago in Southwest Iowa. If I had to put a title on it I would have to call it “Cousins Playing Poker.”
I was surprised that they made a staged Old-Time photo at that time. They must have had a lot of fun posing for the picture. The picture is actually on a post card, although this one had not been mailed. I did find it interesting that the right side of the picture was not cropped. However, it adds a nice visual to show that this was a staged picture.
Now to the participants in the picture. My Great Grandmother Lottie Cochran Van Duzor is standing on the left. Sitting next to her is her brother, Lorenzo Dow Cochran and then my Great Grandfather Charles (Chub) Van Duzor. Her brother Earl Cochran is the young man standing in the middle. Sitting on the right are Harve and Fred Ramsey who are cousins of Lottie, and then standing on the right is her sister Georgia.
I don’t have an exact date for the picture, but I can narrow down the date since I know the birth years of all the participants. The one whose age helps in dating the picture the most is Earl, since he is the youngest of the cousins. Earl was born in 1894. My Great Grandfather was the oldest and was born in 1880. The rest are in a narrow range of 1886-1890. Also, Lottie and Chub were married in 1908. My guess is that Earl was about 15-18 in this picture, and that the picture may have been taken soon after Lottie and Chub were married. Maybe sometime around 1909-10? Maybe if I can find marriage dates for some of the other cousins I will be able to narrow the date down further.
I clipped another piece out of the picture that has my great grandparents in it. Above Lottie you can see the lamp shade, but you can tell that it is part of the backdrop, and not an actual lamp. I also look at the picture of my Great Grandfather and I can see my Father in his face.
I love this picture, it is an interesting look into the personal life of my ancestors.