I thought the children in this sweet set of photos were from the same family, based on the size and borders. But on closer inspection, I noticed that the photo of the baby has slight differences in size, background and border. They were grouped together in the photo album, though, so I still think they are siblings.
There are no names with the photos and a photographer’s name isn’t shown either.
These are the only photos in the albums with this “sub carte” size format. The photos of the two older children are 1-1/2″ x 1-1/2″ on 2″ x 2-1/4″ card mounts. The baby’s photo is 1-1/4″ x 1-1/4″ on a 2″ x 2″ card mount.
At first I thought these might be what is called a Minette photograph, but according to Australian photo historian Marcel Safier:
The 1890s Minette mounts are 1.5/8 ins x 3 ins with rounded corners. Image size varies but is approx. 1.1/2 ins x 2.1/2 ins…..the Minettes may date back to the late 1870s. I have an American example from this period. EdinPhoto
The sizes of my photos don’t match up with any of Safier’s information, so I’m just going to refer to them as “sub cartes” for now.
You can read more about this collection of photos and its provenance here. You will also find links to all the posts in this series in that post.
Please leave a comment below if you’re related to any of the people mentioned in this series. I’d love to hear from you!