The Orphaned Images Project: Allen, Sturm and Cross families

I bought this “orphaned image“ from a vendor at the Nashville Flea Market in late September. I recall him saying the photos were from somewhere midwest—Indiana, I believe. The photo is labeled on the back as such:

L. to R. Tom Allen, William “Bill” Allen, Lou Cagle Allen, Abbie Allen holding Carol Sturm, Bob Sturm holding Bobbie Sturm, Darrel Ray Allen, Florence Cross.

Children in front: Donna & Barbara Allen, Laury and Florence Louise Cross. Far right: Aunt Florence, Florence Louise and Laury Cross.


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The Orphaned Images Project: Brown, North Platte, Nebr.

I’m assuming this is also a Lucky Dedmore photograph. The photo was labeled “Brown, North Platte, Nebr.” Perhaps it’s the Brown family? If so, where is Mrs. Brown? There appear to be eight children—five daughters and three sons, but no one old enough to look like a mother figure. Wonder what the story is behind this portrait?

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1931, Dedmore, North Platte, Nebr.

SMALL 1931 Dedmore North Platte Nebr

With just a little bit of research, I’ve discovered that Dedmore is the name of the photographer for this photograph. This is one of many portraits I bought in a batch from someone on eBay some time ago.

Clinton Orla “Lucky” Dedmore was born in Fairmont, Nebraska in 1881, where he spent most of his life. His parents were born in Iowa where they lived until their children were grown, then moved to Nebraska where they spent the remainder of their lives. The father served in the Civil War and died in North Platte at the age of 89. Clinton Dedmore opened his studio in April 1919 and remained in business until 1949. He died in 1956.

On, I discovered an article by Kaycee Anderson about the historic Dixon Building, located at 514-518 N. Dewey in North Platte, Nebraska.

In 1934 Lucky Dedmore moved a photo studio into the second floor of the building. The owner, Harry Dixon, allowed Dedmore to put a skylight into the second floor hallway so there would be “available light” for Dedmore’s studio on the second floor, according to archived newspaper reports. The skylight that Dedmore installed is still there.

He was listed in the Who’s Who in Nebraska with this excerpt: DEDMORE, C O: Photographer; b Fairmont, Neb Nov 13, 1888; s of Elias D Dedmore-Phoebe Merrell; ed Fairmont; m Ida Hodges July 15, 1912 Joliet Ill; 1908-17 street car opr Joliet Ill; opr studio while emp by street car co; comml photog Joliet Ill, opr studio in Deming N M; 1919- owner & mgr Dedmore Studio, North Platte; mbr vol fire dept; Pioneer Ad Club, dir; MWA; Lincoln County Wildlife Club; North Platte Garden Club; Rep; hobbies, fancy woodwork, fishing, hunting; off 516 Dewey; res 221 S Oak, North Platte.

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The Orphaned Images Project: Isn’t she lovely?

From the “Texas box” of orphaned images…

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The Orphaned Images Project: Family portrait

Another photo from the “Texas box,” no details on back as to family names or photographer. Check out the hair style on the young man in the upper left corner!

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The Orphaned Images Project: Family portrait by Ruf & Dilger

After a major studio/office spring cleaning, I’m back to scanning more photos from my huge orphaned images collection! I’ve also attached a shot of the back of the photo. This photo came from a box of mostly Texas/Fredericksburg-related images.

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The (not so) Orphaned Images Project: Aunt Lorene

My dad just shared this striking photo with me. It was posted by a family member on Facebook recently. This lovely model is my Aunt Lorene, one of his three older sisters. She was the last to pass away of his siblings (Larry, Jesse and Dot preceded her in death). In her teen years, she worked in a garment factory. Here, she modeled for a photographer in Eupora, Mississippi. I always thought she was pretty (she had robin’s egg blue eyes with flecks of gold), but hadn’t seen photos of her as a young woman until a few years ago. No wonder she inspired that photographer!

Aunt Lorene

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