Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Wordless Wednesday ~ Your Picture in an Automobile

Dick Eastman just shared a blog post Your Picture in an Automobile (do go read this for another way to look at your photos from the first decade of the last century) and it made me think of the following picture that I have had in my collection for years.

The back of this photo post card has 1907 in handwriting that is either my grandmother's or my great-grandmother's. The rest is in my mother's handwriting:
3d seat
Marion Lysle Hunter
Eliza Lysle
(Aunt Lyde)

Marion Lysle Hunter was the oldest of the five Hunter sisters, of which my grandmother was the youngest. (See a photo of the five sisters here.) Marion died in 1913.

I don't know anyone else in the photo.

Eliza Lysle (1845-1928), known as Aunt Lyde, was an unmarried great aunt of Marion's. They lived in Pittsburgh, so perhaps they had gone on a trip to Denver and posed for a photo in a new-fangled automobile, as was described in Dick Eastman's post.


  1. Rather than an automobile, it seems like an early type of bus.

    Very interesting though.

    1. You're right - it does seem like an early type of bus, but in 1907, it must have been unusual enough that visitors to Denver wanted to get their picture taken in it.

      Thanks for reading and commenting!

  2. Another amazing photo in your collection! I'll have to go read the link, too. I've never heard of these types of photos!

    1. Yes, I love this photo, especially since my mother noted who was in it!

      Thanks for the comment.

  3. Elizabeth: What a treasure to have in your collection -- a photo more than 100 years old WITH identification of the people! It does not get much better than that. :-)

    1. John, yes, it's great when people are identified. Unfortunately, I have to guess why my Pittsburgh relatives were in Denver...

      Thanks for reading and commenting.