These photos are among the dozens–tintypes, cartes de visite, cabinet cards–contained in two Victorian-era velvet photo albums.  Several years ago, we were able to rescue the albums from my step-grandmother’s home near Madison in rural Greenwood County, Kansas, shortly before it was demolished after her death.

I don’t recognize any of the names; they aren’t my family names and they don’t match any of the surnames I have for my step-grandmother.

In the process of making this collection available here, I may discover that these Victorian photos are connected to my family.  That would be a bonus, but most of the fun for me is in the research and the chance to make the photos available to other family history researchers.