This photograph is a mystery. It was (to my understanding) in the possession of Gertrude Alice /Fritz/ Brinton, who passed away in 1993.
This family is probably from Iowa. Maybe from Madison County, but possibly from Wapello County, or Warren County or Cass County. Or from a county in that general area.
Gertrude was born in 1912, but I don’t know if this photograph was taken before or after she was born. I don’t know if she knew these people. I don’t know enough about outfits to suggest about when this photograph may have been taken, but my guess would be early 1900’s.
There is a photo studio name at the bottom-right, but it is difficult to read. It looks like it beings with a “Ti”, and may be about seven letters long. Underneath looks like it has the letters “M L”, and maybe “ERSB” and a number.
If anyone knows who this family is, or recognizes the photo studio information, please leave a comment with anyone you know.
I have a theory that this family may be the family of Rebecca Alice /Fritz/ Beebe. If the photo was taken in 1906 (prior to Rebecca’s daughter Ellen marrying), then the people in the photograph would be:
- Back Left – Albert Jay Beebe [age 20]
- Back Center – Ellen /Beebe/ Johnson [age 23]
- Back Right – William Sherman Beebe [age 16]
- Front Left – Franklin Willis Beebe [age 49]
- Front Center – Carlton Beebe [age 7]
- Front Right – Rebecca Alice /Fritz/ Beebe [age 45]
The boy’s hair is parted on the opposite side from Carl’s on a known photograph of Carl, but the part here looks unnatural to me, as if someone parted it on the wrong side.