Yesterday I spent part of the day with my artsy, good friend, Joy. Don't you love that name? I do! I was helping her pull together a large collage that she has wanted to do for a long time. It is for her kitchen. Her house is all western!! I love to be in her house! The collage she is doing is western. Should be lovely when she is done.
Joy graciously allowed me to bring home this old family photo of hers to scan in. I just fell in love with this little girl immediately.
She is a relative of Joy's, but she doesn't know who it is. No identification is on the back of the photo. The little kitten is particularly cute, don't you think? I would date this picture at mid to late 1800's. I have seen similar dress styles on little girl pictures that date to just after the Civil War.See what I mean? These two old vintage photos are post Civil War era, but not late 1800's. The dresses in the photo on the left look a lot like the little girl with the kitten. That photo is actually dated 1865 and has a "U.S. Inter. Rev." tax stamp on it. Those stamps were only issued during the Civil War to prove that a tax was paid on an item, like that photo. The little girl in the right photo is dated 1867. Thanks, Joy, for sharing the photo with me.