Saturday, September 2, 2017

c1870s-1880s Gem Tintype Album of Minnie Gertrude Dryden of Worcester, Massachusetts

Lovely circa 1870s-1880s photograph album of gem tintypes that belonged to Minnie Gertrude Dryden of 39 Shelby Street, Worcester, Massachusetts, prior to her 1891 marriage to Warren Corbin Purrington.

Minnie, who was born in 1868, wrote her name on the inside back cover, in what appears to be pre-teen handwriting.

The tintypes are a mixture of adults, adolescents and children, many of them presumably from the Dryden, Ward, Lees and Comstock families of Massachusetts.  The pages in which the tintypes are inserted show no identifications.  Whether any are identified on the reverse of the tintype itself, I don't know.  Removal would be tricky, and I'd rather leave that to someone more skilled.

From brief online research, hopefully correct - corrections and additions requested:

Minnie Gertrude Dryden was born November 23, 1868 at Worcester, Massachusetts, the daughter of Martin F. Dryden and Elvira R. (Leas or Lee or Lea) Dryden.  Minnie married Warren Corbin Purrington at Worcester, Massachusetts, on November 12, 1891.  They raised their family in western Massachusetts and are buried in the North Vernon Cemetery at North Vernon, Vermont.

Minnie's grandparents were Cyrus Dryden and Lucinda (Ward) Dryden; and John Lees and Martha (Comstock) Lees.

Pages, in page order.

If you have information to share on the Dryden and Purrington families, please leave a comment or contact me directly.


  1. Pam, thank you - what a marvelous album. Minnie's mother was Elvira R Lees. Let me know if you find it in your collection - is it for sale? Regards, Lisa

    1. Yes, it's still available. You'll find contact email under Inquiries near the top of right margin.