Photo Friday: a 19th century photographic journey (photo 9)

This Friday’s photograph features three men standing in a shop. Take a closer look around the shop and provide a caption for the photo. Your thoughts and comments can always be posted either to our blog or to our Facebook page. Further, when you post a caption your name will automatically be entered into our caption contest. The winner will be announced in September and receive a free standard tour of Huguenot Street.

The photograph from last week shows Rachel and Solomon DuBois posing with a backdrop of Niagara Falls. Solomon DuBois (1836-1924) was a local fruit farmer in New Paltz, N.Y., and was also known for raising Holstein-Friesian cattle, a breed of large dairy cattle from northern Holland and Friesland. He married his wife Rachel Eltinge DuBois (1847-1921) on November 11, 1875 and they had four children together. Rachel was the daughter of Roelof Eltinge and Blandina LeFevre. When she was 16 she began attending the New Paltz Female Academy. Over the next few years she wrote letters to family and friends about her everyday life at the Academy, as well as the important social issues of the time. The school letters of Rachel Eltinge are part of the Solomon DuBois and Rachel Elting Family Papers Collection here at Historic Huguenot Street.

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