Readers respond to Family Tree Magazine.
The Photo Detective article in the December 2010 issue was most interesting. I have a few antique photos whose subjects I’ve identified, but I’d never stopped to consider the frames, which have decorative mats. Thanks to your article, I now know they were taken after the 1850s.
At right is a photo of sisters Christine and Dora Hupfer -- Christine is my great-grandmother. They’re the granddaughters of Barbara Schmeisser Lang, of whom I also have a daguerreotype. Barbara (1798-1867), the daughter of a count, gave up her status to marry the man she loved: their groundskeeper. Barbara and Peter Lang had nine children and immigrated to the United States in 1865 to follow their married daughters. Peter died of pneumonia while traveling on the Mississippi River near Cairo, Ill. I’d always felt Barbara’s photo must have been taken after she was in the United States -- otherwise, wouldn’t he be in the photo, too?