Tintype

These photos appear to be the oldest of the collection,  They may have been created before the 20th Century.  Richard Green, photographed on a horse, was born in 1833 and died in Randolph County, West Virginia in 1896.  The only other picture identifying the subject is the photo of James Edward Johnson,

Woman with hat tintype.
Woman with hat tintype.
Woman Standing Tintype
Woman Standing Tintype
Mother, Father, Child Tintype
Mother, Father, Child Tintype
Gentleman with Hat Tintype
Gentleman with Hat Tintype

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James Edward Johnson
James Edward Johnson
Gentleman Seated Tintype
Gentleman Seated Tintype

Photographs from West Virginia African American Community: 1870-1950

Welcome to my blog. I discovered a wealth of historical photos in my grandmother’s old suitcase. She was born and lived in West Virginia during the first half of the 20th century. The photos include tintypes, “Real Photo” postcards, portrait photographs, and snapshots; therefore, I believe a number of the photographs are over 100 years old.  Some of these pictures are labeled with the names and/or dates. I will include this information on the post. There are also pictures of churches, schools, and events. Of those that are labeled, the majority include only a first name. The majority have no notations; however, they are a beautiful representation of a past place and time.

I cannot verify without doubt that all photographs are from West Virginia. I will verify by Census any complete names. It is my hope that some of the subjects in the photos will be recognized. Also, it would be wonderful to discover what roles these individuals played in the lives of my family.   My grandmother and her family lived in Randolph County, West Virginia. I believe most of the photos originated there or in adjacent counties.

Tom Thumb wedding  Circa 1929
Tom Thumb wedding Circa 1929