Wednesday, October 21, 2020

The Carringer Family in San Diego in About 1895 -- Post 640 of (Not So) Wordless Wednesday

  I can't help it, I can't do a wordless post! This is one of my favorite photographs:

The top photo in this image was in the box of family photographs that I inherited from my mother, Betty Virginia (Carringer) Seaver, whose photograph collection covered four generations.  

The bottom photo is the colorized version of the photo produced by the magic of MyHeritage In Color.  

The people in the photo are, from the left:

*  Henry Austin Carringer (1853-1946), my great-grandfather.

*  Abigail A. (Vaux) Smith (1844-1931), mother of Della (Smith) Carringer.

*  Harvey Edgar Carringer (1852-1946), brother of Henry Austin Carringer

*  Lyle Lawrence Carringer (1891-1976), my maternal grandfather, son of Austin and Della.

*  Della (Smith) Carringer (1862-1944), my great-grandmother, wife of Austin, mother of Lyle.

This photograph was taken in San Diego at a hat shop in about 1895.  There are two bicycles in the photograph - one by Austin and one by Della (which looks like a woman's bicycle).   Lyle is sitting on what looks like a sled.  

Note that the building has a sign that says "Hats Retrimed."  This may have been Henry Austin Carringer's home or Harvey Edgar Carringer's home in San Diego.  I have no ideas where that was located in 1895, but perhaps a City Directory will help me figure it out.  In 1894, the Henry A. Carringer family resided at 28th and Logan in San Diego.  There is no listing for Harvey Edgar Carringer. 

I don't know if this was a candid photo or a posed photo - I'm thinking it was posed for some reason.


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Linda Stufflebean said...

What a neat photo. You not only have family members, but two bicycles and a business sign.

Nancy Hill said...

Love the photo especially after it has been colorized. I looked up the intersection of their home from your description and there are 2 homes on that corner and a public library. Have you driven there to see if their home is still standing. Maybe it wasn't on the corner of the 2 I saw. what a great piece of history. Pictures are worth a million.
Nancy Hill

John said...

Randy --I agree with your belief that the photo was posed and not candid. I think so for a few reasons: (1) the obvious balance of the two bicycles on either side of the stoop; (2) the womand sitting in a chair that had to have been rbought outside and placed on the ground below the steps; and (3) the position of the young child who appears to be posed on a hassock or low bench that also must have been brought outside and placed on the ground. A great photo and I can see why it is a fvorite of yours.


Lisa S. Gorrell said...

Wow, what an improvement the color makes. Usually, I don't care for the colorized photos and would have worked on making the original to give it more contrast.

This photo also has such interesting subjects: clothing on the people, the bicycles & sled, and the building. What a treasure.