Every so often, we’re going to post the image (and available information) of a person, place, or thing about which we would like to know more. We would like to invite you to take a good look, and if you have any information, to please share in the comments or through our website. If the information is confirmed, we will do a follow up post and award you permanent bragging rights to your excellent sleuthing skills.
It is a little-known, yet exciting historical fact that the Hostetler Photography Studios—from which the majority of our glass negatives originate—made house calls.
The studio, known for its portraiture, also photographed weddings, funerals, family reunions, and all manner of events inside people’s homes, providing glimpses of everyday life that even the most expensive backdrops can’t.
These on-site images can also provide clues to identifying the people photographed.
In our collections are three wedding images labeled “Mrs. Millie Berger.” Two are of a mature bride and groom in what is presumably someone’s parlor or front room:
The other is of the reception and shows the wedding party and family—and a yummy-looking cake—in what was probably the dining room:
As far as we have been able to determine, the photographs were taken in 1913, but so far we have not been able to locate any further information. We’re not even sure if Millie is the bride, the bride’s mother, or perhaps a member of the groom’s family.
If you recognize anyone in the wedding party or think you know where this house might be located, please let us know!