Sunday, October 13, 2019

1880s Photograph of Richard White & Family; by the Blackburn studio of Grand Forks, Dakota, before North Dakota Statehood

Photograph of Richard White, his wife and three children; by the Blackburn Studio of Grand Forks, Dakota, now Grand Forks, North Dakota.

The photograph was taken at the George F. Blackburn studio, 313 DeMers Ave, Grand Forks.  Where the photograph imprint doesn't specify North Dakota specifically, I'm assuming that this photograph was taken before Statehood in 1889, or Blackburn was using up old stock.

Because the photograph was obtained in a Maine antique shop, it's tempting to think that Richard White was a Maine native, or from other parts of New England or the Maritimes.  But photographs from all over North America and beyond find their way to Maine antique shops, so where the photograph was obtained may not be a clue at all.

If you recognize this family from your own family heirlooms or research, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

The White family presumably lived in the Grand Forks, North Dakota, area or were visiting.  The map below shows 313 DeMers Avenue, where the Blackburn studio was once located.

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