I posted a long time ago about the c. 1890s photo album of my house that my parents randomly found at an auction in Pennsylvania (anyone care to calculate those odds?). I never got around to scanning most of these photos, however. Since I needed a couple of these images for a Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation barn stabilization grant for which I am applying, I decided to finally scan in the whole thing.
So, without further ado, here is what our house and property looked like in the last years of the 19th century. At this time, the property was owned by George Edwin Comstock, his wife Emma, and her father, Harvey Lyon. The property served as a nursery, Comstock & Lyon (originally Comstock Brothers), growing flowers (dahlias, in particular) and fruit (there was a large apple orchard on the surrounding acreage).
The title page has a copyright date of 1896, so I am guessing that the photos are likely just before the turn of the century. The clothes would seem to support this guess.
Basically the same view, but in the summer. Note the horse and buggy in the yard on the right. I'll have to rebuild that stone wall in the foreground some day.
|The stone carriage hbarn, located directly across the street from our house. Hard to tell, but I believe that this is the rear of the structure. The barn to the right is gone.|
|The carriage barn again, with kids and their calf|
|Just hanging out on some farm equipment. The dog makes several appearances in the photo album.|
Harvest time. I think that they are peaches in the baskets, but they might be potatoes. I have no idea what type of greens they are holding.
Driving the team of oxen That is our house in the far back left, and the stone carriage barn directly behind the cart.
Southwest corner of our house, with the front porch that graced it for parts of the 19th and 20th centuries. Look at the size of the elm tree in the center. It's hard to see, but there are two people and a dog standing at its base.
|Chickens! Their flock is a lot larger than ours.|
|A boy and his pig.|
This appears to be the same dog that is standing on top of the wood sled in the winter picture. He appears elsewhere, as well. Clearly a well-loved family member.
|Two women and a girl with a small dog in front of one of the huge stone walls.|
|Kids with the little dog.|
|Boy and dog, sitting next to what appears to be the house.|
|Baby with the big dog. I think that is the front porch of the house in the back left.|
My guess is that this is our street, Ponus Avenue. Probably looking down towards Four Corners, where the house is located, based on the stone wall to the right.
|Another street view. Dirt roads out here in the country of Broad River.|
Norwalk church. I saw it pictured on a 19th century map at the Norwalk Historical Society, labeled as the Presbyterian Church (I think). That's a horse and buggy at the front right of the building.
A view of what I assume is Norwalk Harbor. The sidewheeler is the Hampton,and the buildings in the back left have "Omega Oil" painted on their roofs.
|Skating scene, most likely in Norwalk.|
I have no idea who's house this was, but it probably had a family connection. Maybe the richer Comstock Brothers Clothiers relatives lived here?
|I have no damn idea where this is.|