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Help needed to decipher writing on back of photo

Help needed to decipher writing on back of photo

Posted: 11 Jan 2013 3:33PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 11 Jan 2013 5:01PM GMT
Found a family photo from the 1880's of a young woman holding a new born baby in a Christening gown but we cannot fully read what's written on the back. Can anyone help fill in another piece of the never ending puzzle?

Any help is much appreciated.
Thanks
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Re: Help needed to decipher writing on back of photo

Posted: 12 Jan 2013 8:41AM GMT
Classification: Query
All I can make out is:

"Keep this photo to ??? (give?) her brother."

(underneath that, it looks like "Leak" or "Teak."

There looks to be writing on the top half, but I cannot make it out.

Re: Help needed to decipher writing on back of photo

Posted: 12 Jan 2013 12:17PM GMT
Classification: Query
"Keep this photo (could be a name) & her brother Jack"

Re: Help needed to decipher writing on back of photo

Posted: 12 Jan 2013 4:54PM GMT
Classification: Query
The inscription begins:
"Keep this photo & oblige her brother" but the word following "brother" is illegible. Perhaps you know the members of the family and can figure out who wrote this.
The illegible word could be a given name and the word at the bottom may be a surname. ["Jeckel??"]

Re: Help needed to decipher writing on back of photo

Posted: 12 Jan 2013 5:56PM GMT
Classification: Query
Thanks a million for taking the time to help out all, it's really appreciated. I've been trying to figure out that unkown word for so long now...I was hoping a fresh mind might read it differently.

The name Jack fits with the time period but I can't fit any other name into that unknown word. I was thinking it might be signed by Jack?? Photo attached if anyone's interested.

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Re: Help needed to decipher writing on back of photo

Posted: 19 Feb 2013 2:32AM GMT
Classification: Query
I think that the wording on the back might make a bit more sense if this picture turned out to be a 'memento mori'.

It was not un-common for photographs of deceased people to be taken in naturalistic 'living' poses. Some of these pictures appear quite extraordinary to the modern eye. Are you aware of a female at this time in your family tree dying in early infancy ?

Re: Help needed to decipher writing on back of photo

Posted: 19 Feb 2013 2:55PM GMT
Classification: Query
Also, I don't know if you are aware, but TA Wynne of Castlebar is, it turns out, a major photographer. The family donated their collection to the mayo County Library in Ireland.

You might like to contact them and ask for their comments. If you search for MAYOLIBRARY you should be able to find them.

Re: Help needed to decipher writing on back of photo

Posted: 20 Feb 2013 6:15PM GMT
Classification: Query
Yes there were quite a few children who died as infants in this family. The writing wasn't making sense to me because judging by her age Jack wasn't born yet. Maybe this is another sibling also named Jack who died as a baby. I wasn't thinking about the photo being a "memento mori".

Thank you for the tip!

Re: Help needed to decipher writing on back of photo

Posted: 20 Feb 2013 6:16PM GMT
Classification: Query
No I wasn't aware, thanks again! I'd nearly given up on this photo!!!

Re: Help needed to decipher writing on back of photo

Posted: 2 Mar 2013 4:03PM GMT
Classification: Query
It appears to say:

Keep this photo
Holly & her
brother
Jack
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