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In the past few months I went on an Ebay buying spree and spent much more than I should have really. It will take some time to put all the pictures up here, what with trying to write any sellers about where they got photos that have names on them, scanning, editing, organizing, and posting. I am a bit ADDish and go in fits and starts.
I do hope to be much better about posting more regularly now that I'm not buying any more for a while.
Here is one of my new old photos. It was taken in Flint, Michigan, by, I think, Will H. Foote. It was interesting deciphering the capital letters on that one, but I'm pretty sure I got them right.
As usual click on the picture to see it in lovely detail1
It is always a huge bonus to me when the people are identified. Below is a scan of the back of the photo, with first and middle names or initials. Unfortunately not their surname! First is a sideways version so you can see the placement as it is probably written like that due to where the people are in the photo. I believe the names refer to just the children . It would be better if the parents and surname were named too, but just maybe there will be someone out there searching for the first names of a bunch of siblings!
Here's the same photo turned so we can read without giving ourselves a kink in the neck.
For the purposes of anyone doing internet searches for names, here they are:
This could be a misspelled Elmer but you never know. Also, the initial could be an H but using my super-sharp detective skills from deciphering the letters on the front, it is constructed unlike the H there and exactly like the first letter.
(P.S. I found 2 charts here: http://www.moonzstuff.com/articles/oldhandwriting.html, with examples according to which the initial could be W or H, so for the sake of 'googlers' I'll write the alternate names: Elner H, Elmer H, Elmer W)
Bennie A R
And, included in the unlikely chance that someone later wrote the surname along with the price, at the top it says Mell. I did do a fair bit of searching for Mells with these names, and only found one, who almost certainly is not this one, going by family description here: http://genforum.genealogy.com/mell/messages/5.html