Photo Friday: a 19th century photographic journey (photo 4)

This Friday’s photo features a group of people sitting on their porch steps. Can you provide an interesting caption about these people? Remember that you can always post your captions and other comments right to our blog OR on our Facebook page. On September 1st we will hold a drawing for everyone that has written a caption for Photo Friday. You could be lucky enough to win a free family tour, so enter your name by writing a caption now!

The young couple posing in the photo from last week is Mary Eltinge VanDyck Scott (1841-1919) and Thomas Seymour Scott (1829-1901). Mary was born and raised in Ulster County, New York, by parents Maria Hasbrouck Bevier Van Dyck and the Reverend Cornelius L. VanDyck. The man in the photo, Thomas, was born in North Greenfield, New York to parents Sophronia Wood Seymour Scott and Alexander Hamilton Scott. During his late 30s/early 40s, Thomas Scott met Mary VanDyck and they married on April 23, 1870 [hopefully the facial expressions in the photograph do not reflect their actual relationship]. The couple moved to Pennsylvania together, and four years later they had a daughter named Florence (1874-1963). In 1879, along with his two brothers, Thomas started Scott Paper Company [which you may know today for its paper towels, tissues, toilet paper, etc.], but left the family business to become the managing editor for a publishing company instead. Mary, Thomas, and Florence are all buried in the West Laurel Hill Cemetery in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. This portrait is probably one of the first photos taken of Mary and Thomas Scott after their marriage. Since Mary is holding a pair of binoculars, FaceBook friend of Huguenot Street, Mary Ann Marks, has suggested that it could possibly be a staged opera photograph and suggested the caption, “A night at the opera”. Another caption from Susan Schock reads, “Golly! I’m sorry that my homemade stew gave you indigestion!” (Thank you to Find A Grave for providing the biographical information and death certificate.)

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2 Responses to Photo Friday: a 19th century photographic journey (photo 4)

  1. clueslady says:

    I love this series of photos! Great idea. Mary Eltinge Van Dyke Scott was the great-great granddaughter of Roelif and Sarah (DuBois) Elting. Roelif was the first Elting to move to New Paltz and Sarah was the daughter of Patentee Abraham DuBois and his wife, Margaret (Deyo). Interesting to learn the Scott history.

    RE the new photo: What an amazing photo! I’m wondering if it might have been taken at The Locusts, the childhood home of the late Bob Lasher, on Plains Road? (Grace Elting Castle)

  2. This photo looks like the late 19th century (1890s?), as the women are wearing the puffed sleeves and the men’s collars look like the style around that time as well. Plus there looks to be a bowler hat laying on the step. Also very popular around that time.

    If this is a family photo it looks like there might be about two generations in this photo.

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