This fading image of an unknown infant, from the late 1890s or early 1900s, recently was rescued from being sold or otherwise disposed of outside of the family. It's among 43 family photographs from in the old family album of the late William Jacob Long of Connellsville, Fayette County, PA, and today posted for all to enjoy on a special digital album page on Minerd.com.
One of the most remarkable finds in this collection is the image of this child, because of its rare, crudely lettered imprint on the cardboard backing, "C.H. Rose, Photographer, Normalville, Pa." The photographer, C.H. Rose, was our very own cousin, Charles H. Rose, who was the second cousin of William J. Long, and a local entrepreneur. It's believed that Charles was in the photography business for only a few years (although this needs to be verified), adding to the scarcity of this precious artifact.
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