Photo Corner

Thomas Harvey Jefford, and his wife, Arabella French Ryan JeffordContributed by Dale Davis
This is a picture of my great-great-grandparents, Thomas Harvey Jefford, and his wife, Arabella French Ryan Jefford.  They were married on 22 May 1859 and I have always wondered when this picture was taken. 

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Harry Liggett of Akron, OhContributed by Harry Liggett, Akron, Ohio
The baby on the blanket is Harry Liggett of Akron, Ohio, who would like to know the make and model of the old family car in the photo.  The photo was taken in Dennison, Tuscarawas County, Ohio, in 1930. 

12 thoughts on “Photo Corner

  1. The car in Harry Liggett’s photo is an Auburn. The model year is between 1925 and 1927, can’t tell as not enough detail. The radiator shell and especially the unique paint configuration on the top of the hood reveals its Auburn lineage. This was an expensive automobile.

  2. It’s probably their wedding photo. Clothing is of that era, and the lady’s dress is quite elegant — suitable for a wedding. The bride in those days usually wore a gorgeous gown. A generation later (1890-1910+) the bride usually stood while the groom sat on the chair — purpose was to show off her dress better. I think it’s their wedding photo.

  3. The car in Harry Liggett’s photo appears to be a 1925 Auburn suggested by the double front bumper. 1926 and 1927 models had a single round bumper. The ACD Museum in Auburn, Indiana could confirm this for him.

  4. Based on the lady’s hair style and clothing, this would seem to date to the late 60’s or early 70’s. The fashion is photo styles changed and can also be used to give an approximate date. The gown is interesting because it appears to be a wrapper. That was a garment worn at home. Unless she was quite ill, I can’t imagine why she’d wear a wrapper to the photo studio.

  5. Car looks like a 1930 Buick. I had one in my teens. I can’t see to clearly on this car, but mine had smaall running just under the windshield on each side. Also had the big wooden sp[oke wheels.

  6. I took this as Thomas and Arabella’s wedding photo, with her left hand prominently displayed.

    > That could be explained if the picture was taken months after the marriage and Arabella was expecting, but Thomas’s jacket is obviously too big, so I’d think it more likely they borrowed clothes for the picture.

  7. The Thomas and Arabella Jefford photo is a conventional wedding pose of that era. I have several from that period in my family that are very similar.

  8. Photo is no earlier than 1867 based on many details –
    Arabella’s hair is up-to-date for 67-70, as the weight of the hair has shifted to the rear for everyday wear. It’s a sleeker look. The same thing is true about her dress. Prior to 1865 dresses were decorated with a strong horizontal theme. The triangular trim on this dress is heavy and vertical. The skirt is much narrower than 1860’s fashion. Following 1865 the weight of the skirt also moved to the rear – that’s when the bustle started. Arabella’s waist is tightly belted (at normal position) indicating that she was not expecting. Her figure suggests strong corseting, but not the flattening silhouette of the 1850-60’s. The buttons on the dress (non-functional) are also a vertical element. Though her frock is lovely, the workmanship is not good – this dress was not made by a ‘professional’. Thomas’ trousers and vest are also of a rougher grade fabric. The coat (which could be a photog studio coat – this clearly was taken in a larger studio- available to portrait sitters)could also indicate that it was made by someone who was not a fine tailor – off the rack, or by someone who made their best attempt. It’s a lovely image, but most likely taken while they were traveling somewhere or perhaps on the occasion of an anniversary – maybe their 10th? I have no idea how old they were when they were married, but these people appear to be in their 30’s. Does that fit?

  9. I think it might be a Rio but not sure. I have been looking at it for a while. I could be wrong but I thought I would give it a shot.
    Alvin Linhart Collinsville,Illinois

  10. This car is a 1928 Chrysler, there is a picture of it on page 57 in American Car Spotter’s Guide 1920-1939 by Tad Burness, printed by Motorbooks International Publishers & Wholesalers Inc.

  11. I printed the picture of the car and mailed it to my father, Boyd Stone, who was born in 1926 and has been interested in cars his whole life.
    His reply is the following: “The great old car is an Auburn. I would guess a 1926 model, but I wouldn’t argue with anyone who claimed it was a 1925 or a 1927. It wouldn’t be older than 1925 or newer than 1928. The fancy two-tone paint job is a dead give away with a steel belt going down the sides and up over the hood to apex at the radiator cap. Only the Auburn had it.”

  12. I thought I should enter some more information….that Arabella was born in 1845 and Thomas in 1836. Arabella had 6 children starting from the first birth of August of 1860, then children in Sept 1864, Jan. 1866, Sept. 1868, May 1876, and Oct. 1887. I hope this helps me find more clues.

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