Here’s one of my oldest and favorite family photos.
Besides the fact that some of the faces are blurry and this is a scan of a copy so it’s not the absolute best quality, this was a great find at my grandfather’s house. It’s got Joseph H. McLaughlin (1882-1897) and his wife Mary, and pretty much all of their children and grandchildren. Based on the age of the youngest child (John Vanderveer), who was born 26 May 1882, this picture was must have been taken in late 1882 or early 1883. I’m not sure why they took this picture where they look they’re ready to challenge the Hatfields & McCoys – in all of the other pictures I’ve seen of these people, they look like fine upstanding citizens.
Here are a few of my favorite features of this photo:
- Grandpa chilling on the fence, and his awesome beard:
- These men showing off their guns (that’s my 3x great grandfather on the right):
- A lot of men with cool hats: