15 August 2013

Picture Sharing and Identifying at Family Reunions

Previously, I mentioned how fortunate I was that my cousin, Kathryn, shared pictures that she had in her possession with me. After I had scanned them, she told me I could keep them.  How wonderful!

None of the pictures were labeled.  I set about trying to identify who was in the pictures.  My mom, Aunt Lola, and a few cousins helped me to identify the pictures. They did a great job and only four are not identified.  Those are below.  If you recognize anyone in the pictures, please leave me a message in the comment area. I would greatly appreciate it.

 The photographer was Guther in Washington, Iowa.  Guther Photography was in Washington, Iowa from 1941-1960.  Washington, Iowa was the home of Nina (Graf) and Thomas Johnson, who had two sons.  Could it be one of Nina's granddaughters?  She had two born in the 1940's.

Is anyone good at dating photos?  There are no clues on this picture.  No one had a clue who it could be.

Again, no clues available.

Again, no clues available.  Could this women be the same as the one in the picture above?

I guess it is time for me to study how to identify pictures.  I think there are clues with the hairstyles and clothing that would help me identify a time period of the pictures.

All in all I think we did a good job of identification.  There were 19 pictures total and only four we need to identify. 

I would love to hear what you think about the pictures and the time period they were taken in.  Please leave a comment.


  1. What a wonderful collection and I do hope you get some response to identifying who the people are. In the final one, could that be a dog-collar the man is wearing? Could he be a minister? A bit difficult to tell.
    I have noticed before in similar photographs how it is the man who gets the chair and his wife is left standing!

  2. That's because the wife is stronger. When my cousins and I first looked at the pictures, we wondered if it was a minister too. Guess I better look into the family to see who was a minister.

  3. Love the family photo. I know the puffy sleeves on dresses became popular in the 1890's--I want to say after 1892-3? Not sure. And the girls look to me to be, say, 3, 5, 7, and 11 (or so). So I'd be looking for family groups with four girls born in the 1880s-early 1890s at something close to those intervals. :) Such fun!

  4. Dear Brandy, Thank you for your insight. I will be checking family members born during those years. Every little bit of information helps, thanks!

  5. My great grandpa guther was the photographer

  6. That is awesome that he was the photographer.