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CARDIFF HARROLD Family Photo Album

Civil War Era CARDIFF HARROLD Family Album with CDVs (Cartes de Visites), circa 1860s. Brown Leather Album 5” x 6.5”

Surnames: Cardiff, Harrold, Griffith, Ransomer, Tuggie, Smalley, Stoops, Robison, Williams, Hammer, Nixon, Harrold, Drue, Carnes, Reed, Hall, Shere,

Locations: Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, Italy, Connecticut,

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
  • CARD-1. [tintype] Anna & Laurence Harrold & Viona Cardiff Robison *Viona/Ona b ca 1866, Anna b ca 1869, bro Laurence b ca 1866 to Jesse & Mary/Marg
  • CARD-2. [tintype] Charley Griffith
  • CARD-3. [tintype, hand tinted, set in paper frame] William Ransomer
  • CARD-4. [tintype] Kittie Harrold & John Tuggle
  • CARD-5. empty
  • CARD-6. Ed Smalley, son of John Smalley Sr. PH: G. W. Browning, Clinton ILLS
  • CARD-7. [tintype] Ida Marquis Cardiff *
  • CARD-8. [tintype] Chas. Wesley Cardiff *
  • CARD-9. [tintype] Janey Stooks [Jane Stoops Robinson – see obit]
  • CARD-10. [tintype] Jemima Hall Robison
  • CARD-11. [tintype] Viona Cardiff age 6 *
  • CARD-12. [tintype] Bert Williams
  • CARD-13. Jesse Hansomer or Hammer [Civil War soldier] Verso is blank
  • CARD-14. [tintype] Jane Ross Nixon, Viona Cardiff Robison *
  • CARD-15. James Smalley son of John Smalley Sr. Verso = Isaac H Vigorus, Photographic Artist, Springfield ILL. Pictures finished in India Ink, Oil or Water Colors
  • CARD-16. [empty] Kittie Harrold (Drue) & Rathburn
  • CARD-17. [tintype] Maude Harrold Carnes
  • CARD-18. William Henry Cardiff Verso: Charles D. Fredricks & Co. New York
  • CARD-19. Kiturah Harrold Cardiff Verso: blank *
  • CARD-20. Charles Wesley Cardiff, age 18 Verso: Chas. Homan, Photographer, New Haven Conn * [b 1857, photo circa 1875]
  • CARD-21. Jesse Oliver Cardiff age 16. Verso: Carlo Moling, Photografg il solo premiat, Genova [Italy] * [b 1858, photo circa 1874]
  • CARD-22. [empty] Viona Cardiff *
  • CARD-23. Viona Cardiff. Verso: J. Abner Spengler’s Photographic gallery, Lebanon PA. Ink writing and numbers. Part of the writing is “Feb. 9” and “1864” Revenue stamp removed *
  • CARD-24. [tintype] Viona, 8 mos, plus mother [tintype is a baby] * [b 1866, photo circa 1866]
  • CARD-25. Anna Harrold Reed. Verso: W. H. Abbott, Fox Block, Little Falls NY *
  • CARD-26. [tintype, hand tinted] Jess Harrold son of Elicum [?]*Jesse b ca 1838 Ind. father of Laurence & Annie PH 1.
  • CARD-27. James Smalley, son of John Smalley Sr. Verso: Giles Bishopo, New London Conn. Logo of eagle or phoenix
  • CARD-28. Wm. Hall, Felix hall, Charley Hall [3 young lads, thick photo, blank]
  • CARD-29. Blank
  • CARD-30. Mary Watson Shere [Genova Milano]
  • CARD-31. [tintype] William B. Robison, past 1 year
  • CARD-32. William Cardiff, age 91 at death, father of N. M. H. Cardiff [empty] *
  • CARD-33. Isaac Robsion & Ona Cardiff [empty] *
  • CARD-34. [tintype] Minta Robison age 3 yr [d/o Isaac & Ona]
  • CARD-35. Isaac Robison, age 21 [J L & J H Abbott, Albany] *

Purchase Your Ancestor Photo in 3 Easy Steps

Step 1: Write down the Album #. Example: #55
Step 2: Write down the Name & Number of each photo you are interested in. Example: MA-2, MA-15
Step 3: Place your order for individual quality photographic reproductions

Genealogy Research

CARD-1. [tintype] Anna & Laurence Harrold & Viona Cardiff Robison Laurence Harrold b 1866 Illinois s/o Jesse Franklin Harrold (Capt. in Civil War) & Mary C. Robbins. Jesse Franklin s/o Eli Harrold & Caryann Ayres. Anna Harrold was Laurence's sister. Viona Cardiff see CARD-11 notes
CARD-18. William Henry Cardiff - William Henry Cardiff, b 1836 Ohio s/o William Cardiff & Elizabeth Griffith. William Henry Cardiff married 1854 Katurah Harrold [CARD-4, CARD-19]
CARD-4, CARD-19 Katurah Harrold born Virginia ca 1832 d/o Eli Harrold b NC 1797 & Caryann Ayres b Virginia 1799
CARD-7. [tintype] Ida Marquis Cardiff married Eli Grant Cardiff, s/o Wm. H. Cardiff & Katurah Harrold
CARD-8. [tintype] Chas. Wesley Cardiff, also CARD-20 born 1856 DeWitt s/o Wm. H. Cardiff & Katurah Harrold. He married Rosetta Tyler
CARD-11. [tintype] Viona Cardiff age 6 sister to Charles Wesley Cardiff, married Isaac Robinson/Robison [CARD-33, CARD-35] Viona Anna also is CARD-11,22,23,24,33. Isaac & Viona's children were Minta [CARD-34], William [CARD-31], Kittie [CARD4, 16] m. Mr. Drue & Frank
CARD-17. [tintype] Maude Harrold Carnes Maude another sister to Laurence Harrold [CARD-1]. Maud m. Mr. Garnes
CARD-21. Jesse Oliver Cardiff age 16 Jessie Oliver, s/o Wm. H. Cardiff & Katurah Harrold. Jessie m Mallie Nixon
CARD-32. William Cardiff, age 91 at death, father of N. M. H. Cardiff - William Cardiff married Elizabeth Griffith b 1807 Ohio d/o Paris G. Griffith & Sarah Warren
[CARD-28] Felix Hall et al born ca 1850 s/o Isaac Hall & Christina Fisher. Felix's sister Jemima married Michael Robinson b. 1835 Ohio. Felix's brother John (1835-1884) married and had 2 sons, William born 1861 Illinois and Felix born 1884

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