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    Need some help identifying 1890's photos please

    I need some help to identify the setting/Location in these photos please. They were mixed in with a box of historical documents I was given, but have no provenance and no relation to any of the documents that I can determine so far. There are no photographer/studio markings on 'em, or dates, but judging by the size and mount (7x10 heavy cardstock) they are what's called Imperial Mount Cabinet Cards and date to the 1890's. The only possible identifying marks is "West Virginia" written by hand on the back of one.

    At first glance I thought Plantation, then an Academy/School, then I was jest stumped (by the dog in particular, ha). And I jest noticed right as I was getting ready ta post them, in pic #2, far left side, there is a disembodied hat floating between the two women.

    I also can't get over the niggling feelin' I recognize the Headmaster/older fella in these but jest can't place him. Politician? Civil War Officer?

    Anyway, would appreciate any help y'all can give me on 'em. I realize they are in rough shape and not much there ta go on, but thought one of y'all may recognize the place maybe. Click tha pics fer a larger version and full resolution.

    Thanks fer lookin'.


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    Guess a Family Reunion,
    But could even be a Church Picnic.

    The Little girl Lost something Or saw a Bug

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    Not sure If that's a Sheep Behind her or What the Woman has her Hand on

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    But I'd swear that's a Pic of a Psycho Zippy the Pinhead Under her Hand

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    I see someone was mad or jealous

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    Lmao, check out tha two sitting to the little girls right ( with tha dog, aka Psycho Zippy the Pinhead between 'em). Looks like one is kicking the other in tha back and pissin her off.

    At least I think that's a dog. It's in one of tha other pics too, sitting at a woman's feet.

    Didja catch the hat floatin' in the air yet?
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    I was thinkin' it might be Arlington House, but that would have ta make the pic pre Civil War.
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    took awhile to Find the Hat.
    at first I thought she was holing it up, But I think the boy behind has it by the Rim

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    that almost looks like a Fattie in the Kids Hand.
    But Must be a Cigar.

    Wrong Shape for a Pen I think

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    I thought so too at first, but then it also looks like he has his hands behind his back. You may be right, only explanation fer it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeff of pa View Post
    that almost looks like a Fattie in the Kids Hand.
    But Must be a Cigar.

    Wrong Shape for a Pen I think

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    Nah, he's throwin' a KGC hand sign.
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    The more I look at it, the more it looks like Arlington House.


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    Anyone ever see a pic of Robert E. Lee without tha beard??

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    The hats in the third pic are from the 20's. Here's a pic of FDR from the 20's wearing one. Gary

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    Quote Originally Posted by ToddsPoint View Post
    The hats in the third pic are from the 20's. Here's a pic of FDR from the 20's wearing one. Gary

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    Yep, that style was popular from 1880-1920's, made most famous by FDR's use of one....

    https://hathistory.org/dress/index.html

    But the period clothing in the photos I posted suggests late 1800's, rather than early 20th century.

    Thanks fer looking
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    Can you make out anything on the stone above the portal? All I can see is it MIGHT be scroll work. Good luck.
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    Yep, there is some kind of scroll work there, but the original is so faint I haven't been able ta make it out. Haven't got a clue how ta clean it up/make it clearer. Any ideas?

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    There seems to be a faint marking in pic one left to the man on the left , under the window. migth be a name.
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