Saturday, January 11, 2014

Sepia Saturday 210: Do You See What I See?

I haven't participated in SepiaSaturday since May, but I thought I would return to the meme. They provide a weekly prompt for bloggers to search through their files of old photographs.

Many of us will have experienced the joy of discovering a precious old photograph tucked away within the pages of a dusty old volume. Now is your opportunity to share such discoveries, or, if you prefer, share your photographic discoveries whether they were found in a bound volume of Shakespeare or in an old shoebox.


My mind returns to the photograph on the left. I didn't discover it in a 'dusty old volume.' I discovered it in a digitized newspaper article. The article doesn't identify the individuals beyond the neighborhood - Little Jerusalem, St. Louis, Missouri, 1900. I had two great-great grandfathers who owned a second hand store at that time. I wondered if it could be the Cruvant family. The few photographs I do have of the family aren't conclusive either way. But the facial similarities are intriguing. At the time, the presence of a baby made the identification less likely.

Since I last posted about this photograph, I have figured out who the baby could be, if it is the Cruvant family. Fannie Cruvand, the daughter of Ben and Pearl (Grossberg) Cruvand, was born July 1, 1900. Ben was the nephew of my second great grandfather. According to the census, they lived at 1125 North 12th street, whereas my second great grandfather lived at 1111 Morgan street. Looking at old maps they weren't far from each other. In that case, the mother in the photo could be Fannie's mother, Pearl, or my second great grandmother. Of course, they could still also be a completely different family. My mind could certainly be only seeing similarities it wants to see, and ignoring crucial differences.


To be more certain either way, I would need a known photograph of my second great grandfather closer to 1900. A childhood photograph of Sol could also be helpful.

10 comments:

Jackie Mc Guinness said...

This is the great thing about Sepians!! It gives us the challenge to investigate and discover more about our families!

Postcardy said...

I wonder how many second had dealers were there at the time.

Kristin said...

It's so frustrating to have those unidentified photos with multiple possibilities. finding the baby does make it more likely.

Bob Scotney said...

It is so easy to get distracted by the things we find out or believe may have happened to our families.

Wendy said...

I hope a cousin stumbles upon your blog with an answer one way or another.

Boobook said...

I wonder why we do family history research - it's so frustrating! Thankfully the rewards counterbalance the lows.

Sean Bentley said...

Thanks for turning me on to that chroniclingamerica site!!

Little Nell said...

Good luck with your research on this one; I think you have a busy time ahead!

Joan Bos said...

Could you explain what the Dutch part of your title means? In the list at the side I saw several European countries, but not The Netherlands. Or does it refer to "cheap" in any way (we Dutch being known for commerce and buying cheap? I'm just curious. Anyway, nice blog.

John said...

I haven't written any posts yet specifically about my Dutch ancestors, which is why Netherlands isn't in the "Posts by Locale" category. I've written many posts about my Van Every line, but all of them have dealt with their lives after immigrating to America.