What's the oldest photograph in your family? Does it have a story? Show it if you can.
I don't have a digital copy (something that I will correct someday), but there is a picture of my 3 year old father, taken around 1920 -- he is sitting on his mother's knee with his father standing behind. It was before my two younger aunts were born. The sad part is that my father's father died when my father was 10 or 11 -- clearly, I never met him.
Several Civil War-era images via a Family Bible that has wedding/death dates in it going back as far as 1836. Another fantastic image of my Grandmother as a 6 year old child, pushing a toy stroller at what I suspect was a Revival Tent Meeting.
Wow -- this is great stuff. I thought my ~1920 pictures was going to be among the oldest. For the record, my grandparents on both sides were immigrants, coming over in the 1910s. In fact, I don't know if any of them spoke English (Dad's dad died before I was born; mom's parents died when I was 2 or 3; Grandma Bertha spoke Yiddish primarily).
It has to be the only photo of my great great great grandmother on her tribes' land before everyone was moved to OK and before she was a slave, I guess maybe 1860's time frame. I am unsure of the location or much about it. But every year when the family gets together my uncle from Canada makes sure to bring EVERYTHING about the family history books. This includes a copy of this image and even some photos of paints of people in our family... It is very interesting to look at the books and have him tell me stories about the family. I really enjoy the fact that he keeps such detailed records. Maybe when he passes on at a ripe old age, I will get to keep up with the family history books.
I will have to ask him for a copy some day soon! Wish I could post it on here. Love seeing everyone's images!
Heni Te Kiri Karamu, i'm not sure when this was taken...early in the 1900s i think. my uncle has the original back in NZ somewhere.
She was a female Maori warrior and person of great 'mana' (very accomplished) in my culture.
She's also a war hero. Her story is here: http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/biographies/1t43/1
My great uncle wrote a more thorough biography on her.