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BLISS Family Photo Album

Civil War Era BLISS Family Album with CDVs (Cartes de Visites), circa 1860s.

Surnames: Bliss, Olds, Hitchcock, Sherman, Stockwell, Foster

Locations: Massachusetts, Monona, Iowa, Madison, Wisconsin, Kingston, New York, Connecticut, Charles City, Iowa, Port Huron, Michigan, Northampton, Massachusetts, New Haven, Athol, Troy, Waterbury, Keeseville, Thompsonville, Worcester

Types of Early Photographs

The type of photograph in an album helps to date the album

Daguerreotypes (ca 1839)

Photography in USA began circa 1839 but not many are found before 1854.

Ambrotypes (circa 1854)

The ambrotype was a glass negative backed with black material so it appeared as a positive image

Tintypes (ca 1855)

The Ferrotype process (tintypes) was introduced in the United States in 1855. It substituted an iron plate for glass and is one of a kind. No copies could be made from a tintype.

Carte de Visite or CDVs (ca 1859)

CDV stands for carte de visite. CDVs replaced ambrotypes, producing a card 2.5 by 4" CDVs arrived in the United States around 1859, on the eve of the Civil War (1861-1865). On June 30, 1864 a tax on photographs, ambrotypes, daguerreotypes and other "sun-pictures" went into effect. Tax Revenue Stamps had to be placed on the backs of photographs from that date (1864) until August 1, 1866. This helps date CDVs taken in this time period.

Cabinet Cards (circa 1870)

CDV’s were replaced in the 1870s by Cabinet Cards which were on a larger 4 by 6" card.
I am pleased to now offer individual photographic reproductions for sale! You can purchase a photographic reproduction of any family photo from my albums. I have rescued over 2500 one-of-a-kind identified family photos taken 1850 to 1900.

List of photos as identified in album

Album #38 BLISS

Bad condition, covers torn, some pages ripped
  • BLISS-1. Mrs. Geo. H. Olds v= Hardie Schadie, Northampton Mass
  • BLISS-2. No name
  • BLISS-3. Baby. “ernest W. Bliss” V=W H Fitton, Worcester, Mass
  • BLISS-4. No name
  • BLISS-5. E. Carroll Bliss (young woman) V=N P Plmer, Thompsonville Conn.1878
  • BLISS-6. Rev. Daniel J. Bliss. V=blank
  • BLISS-7. Randolph Bliss V=Bouker, Springfield Mass
  • BLISS-8. Geo. H. Bliss V=blank
  • BLISS-9. Mrs. Geo. Olds. Tintype. Tinted cheeks
  • BLISS-10. Mrs. Marcus Hitchcock, sister of Samuel H. Bliss V = E G Goldsmith & Co, Springfield Mass
  • BLISS-11. Marcus Hitchcock, Bro of Mrs. S. H. Bliss (elderly man) V=blank
  • BLISS-12. No name V= Howard? & Co, Plattsburg NY
  • BLISS-13. No name. Front Schoonmaker & Co. Troy NY
  • BLISS-14. Mrs. Alvin Bliss V= G N Grannis, Waterbury Conn
  • BLISS-15. Alvin Bliss. V=blank
  • BLISS-16. Persis Bliss, sister of S. H. Bliss. Child. V=G W BALDWIN’s Keeseville NY
  • BLISS-17. Candace Sherman married Mr. How?ard v=blank
  • BLISS-18. No name v=W H Emery, Athol Mass
  • BLISS-19. No name v=W H Emery, Athol Mass 1880
  • BLISS-20. No name v=W H Emery Athol Mass
  • BLISS-21. No name v=Burgess & Harrison, Troy NY
  • BLISS-22. No name v=Beers, New Haven Ct. “H. Woodway Bethany”
  • BLISS-23. No name v=Hardie Schadee, Northampton Mass
  • BLISS-24. No name v=J M White, Port Huron Mich. “Truly yours, G. Archie? Stockwell”
  • BLISS-25. Geo H. Olds. Tintype. Cheeks tinted
  • BLISS-26. Amos Bliss.tintype.
  • BLISS-27. Addie Bliss. Grandma Barker. V=Harwood & mooney, Charles City Iowa
  • BLISS-28. “Albert Bliss”. Penfield, Warren Mass v=blank
  • BLISS-29. “Mrs. S. H. Bliss” older woman, old cdv in oval fancy framework. V=blank
  • BLISS-30. “Samuel H. Bliss” young man v=Lewis, Kingston NY
  • BLISS-31. “Geo. Bliss” v=partially obscured by what looks like used to be a rev. stamp. Bun--- 314 – New – C—CT
  • BLISS-32. “mrs. Geo. Bliss” v =Lewis, Kingston NY
  • BLISS-33. “Albert Bliss” empty
  • BLISS-34. young girl. No name v=blank
  • BLISS-35. “Mrs. Amos Bliss wife No. 1” Hardy, Springfield Mass. V=blank
  • BLISS-36. old man. page torn. “Ca/o[torn]rman, Ma[torn]r,Hale” v=A C Norton, photographer & jeweler, Monona, Iowa
  • BLISS-37. “Mrs. Amos Bliss wife No. 3” tintype of 3 women
  • BLISS-38. “Amos Bliss” v=K – Curtiss, Madison Wis
  • BLISS-39. page torn. Loose piece has “Mrs. Amos Bliss, wife No. 2” v=blank
  • BLISS-40. no name. Young man. Penfield, Warren Mass. V=blank
  • BLISS-41. no name. Woman. V=blank
  • BLISS-42. no name. Woman v=blank
  • BLISS-43. empty
  • BLISS-44. empty
  • BLISS-45. Index to portraits empty
  • BLISS-46. Loose envelope corner torn off (stamp probably removed) ink stamp partially torn reads “—ren, --ass [Warren Mass?] –av –09 –865 [1865] addressed to “Mrs. Sophia Foser, la Dana, Mass”

Some Thumbnail Photos from Bliss Family Album

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Thumbnail Photos from Lost Faces Albums



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