Emma & Seth are my 2nd great-grandparents. I’ve written about them a few times this year. I shared the confusing details about the name of their oldest son. I shared the lovely portrait of Emma with her three oldest surviving children. Lastly, I shared the sad tale of their son Orval and his tragic death in a train accident.
I have several photos of Seth & Emma. Actual photos that I can hold in my hand and scan and share. This photo of their wedding day is not among them. I have a very old color copy that was given to my grandmother that I scanned at the highest resolution reasonable and this is as good as it gets. Normally I share the best of what I have. But in this case, this is all that I have of their wedding. So I share it here because this is certainly better than no photo. But I also share it in the hopes that one day, the descendant who has the original may happen across this post and then choose to scan and share the original as a higher quality image.
Cousins! Let’s get together and preserve and share this photo and any others that exist of Seth and Emma. <3
Now about that date handwritten on the bottom. Seth and Emma were married 20 January 1901 in Chicago. That fact is not in question. I think this photo was just likely mislabeled at some point. I can’t imagine they took it a full year after they were wed. Although, stranger things have happened. 😉
Happy Thursday! I hope you make a fantastic photo discovery very soon. If not, if you happen to have a special original photo, please scan and share with your cousins. xoxo
16 thoughts on “Photograph Showcase: Seth & Emma’s Wedding Portrait”
It may not be a great photo, but you’re right to be grateful that you h e this. It is lovely; Emma was very elegant.
Thank you, Su! Aren’t the details of her clothing amazing? 🙂
Oh yes. The necklace-y beading on her bodice is lovely, and I’d love to know what the corsage bit on her left shoulder is made of.
Me too! I’ve never seen a corsage quite like it.
Nor have I. I guess it is a corsage?
That’s what I was thinking too. 🙂
I hope someone will turn up with the original. Did you have a look at the size of his feet? And the collar of his shirt! I bet that was uncomfortable to wear.
Haha, yes! I bet it was uncomfortable for sure.
That’s not too bad for a photocopy. One bad copy I have was done in black/white, not grayscale. It’s so horrible, and I don’t know if the original will EVER come to light. Good luck!
Thank you, Eilene! No, it’s not too bad at all. I’m grateful to have it for sure. <3
I’d give anything for a bad photograph of my great-grandfather—let alone the great-greats!
I am definitely grateful to have it. When I started 20 years ago, I hoped I would one day track down a photo of my great-grandfather, John Costello. As far as I knew, there wasn’t one. About 5 or 6 years into my genealogy journey, I got my first glimpse of Grandpa Costello. And now! I’m up to several photos of him. I hope a photo will find it’s way to you somehow. <3
Thanks, Amberly. You give me hope.
You are welcome! You are putting out so much great “cousin bait” with your wonderful blog that if there is a photo out there, I think it will find it’s way to you. <3
Her dress is so beautiful! A lovely couple!!
Thank you, Nancy, I completely agree! <3