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PRATT MORSE Family Photo Album

Civil War Era PRATT MORSE Family Albums with CDVs (Cartes de Visites), cabinet cards, ambrotypes, daguerreotypes

Surnames: Pratt, Morse, Morgan, Wilcox, Johnson, Pond, Stephen, Brach, Andrews, Steele, Lisdale, Wooster, Blakesly, Stevens

Locations: Connecticut, New York

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.


Album #37 PRATT MORSE

I own 2 of the 3 albums sold at the Pratt Morse family estate sale, plus 5 ambrotypes and daguerreotypes. I wish I could have purchased the third album but they were very expensive. Two male members of the Pratt family, Franklin Amos Pratt and Charles Pratt, were both in the 1st Regiment, Connecticut Heavy Artillery and R.S. Morse Sr may have also been in this regiment.
Pratt Morse Album #37-a
This is a large photo album containing photos of members of the Pratt and Morse family, originally from Connecticut with some of the relatives living in the Gloversville area of New York. Some of the photos may also be of family friends. Included in the album are 28 cabinet cards and 12 CDV photos (total of 40 photos). Photos range in date from 1865 up to 1902. Many of the people in the photos are identified as follows:
  • PMa-1 Franklin Amos Pratt (cab card taken in St. Louis, MO [s/o Francis H Pratt & Emeline Morse, born ca 1838 Connecticut]
  • PMa-2 Franklin Amos Pratt (cab card taken in Delaware, OH)
  • PMa-3 Franklin Amos Pratt, Civil War photo of him in uniform, taken in 1862 when he was in the 1st regiment of the Connecticut Heavy Artillery (made by photographer in St. Louis)
  • PMa-4 Edward Pratt (cab card taken in Ansonia, CT)
  • PMa-5 Mrs. Edward Pratt (cab card taken in Ansonia, CT)
  • PMa-6 Daughter of Edward Pratt (cab card taken in Stamford, CT)
  • PMa-7 Marcia Johnson (cab card taken in New Haven, CT
  • PMa-8 Mr. & Mrs. George R. Stephen & son Hallie (cab card taken in Milan, MO)
  • PMa-9 R. [Reuben] S. Morse, Jr. (cab card taken in Waterbury, CT)
  • PMa-10 R.S. Morse, Sr. (cab card taken in Waterbury, CT) [Reuben S. Morse s/o Aaron Morse & Rhoda Baldwin, born ca 1842 Connecticut, found as 14 year old in 1850 census Litchfield Connecicut]
  • PMa-11 Mary E. Pratt, Mrs. R.S. Morse, Sr. (cab card taken in New Haven, CT)
  • PMa-12 R.S. Morse, Jr. (cab card taken in Brattleboro, VT)
  • PMa-13 Horatio Morse, copy of earlier photo (cab card taken in Litchfield, CT) [Horatio Morse s/o Aaron Morse & Rhoda Baldwin, born 1828 Connecticut married Miranda Smith (PMa-14)]
  • PMa-14 Mrs. Horatio Morse, Miranda Smith, copy of earlier photo (cab card taken in Litchfield, CT)
  • PMa-15 Mrs. Davis Morse, Gertrude Brach (cab card taken in Torrington, CT) [Davis Morse s/o Aaron Morse & Rhoda Baldwin, born ca 1840 Connecticut, found as 16 year old in 1850 census Litchfield Connecicut. Gertrude Brach born ca 1842 Connecticut]
  • PMa-16 Mr. & Mrs. David Morse, Abigail Andrews (cab card taken in Litchfield, CT) [David Morse s/o Aaron Morse & Rhoda Baldwin, born ca 1840 Connecticut, found as 16 year old in 1850 census Litchfield Connecicut]
  • PMa-17 Madeline H. Steele (cab card taken in Gloversville, NY)
  • PMa-18 Madeline H. Steele (cab card taken in Gloversville, NY)
  • PMa-19 Glen W. Lisdale (cab card taken in Gloversville, NY)
  • PMa-20 Glenn W. Lisdale (cab card taken in Cortland, NY)
  • PMa-21 Glenn A. Lisdale (cab card taken in Gloversville, NY)
  • PMa-22 R.S. Morse, Jr. (cab card taken in Thomastown, CT)
  • PMa-23 Madeline and Helen Steele (cab card taken in Gloversville, NY) [Helen born ca 1896 New York d/o Henry Steele & Lillian Pratt]
  • PMa-24 Mary E. Pratt Morse (cab card, no location ID)
  • PMa-25 R.S. Morse, Sr. (cab card taken in Waterbury, CT)
  • PMa-26 R.S. Morse, Sr. (cab card taken in Waterbury, CT)
  • PMa-27 Ethel Wooster (CDV taken in Litchfield, CT) [Ethel born ca 1887 Connecticut, d/o Levis S. Wooster & Louisa A. Morse. Found in 1900 census Lichtfield CT]
  • PMa-28 Dorothy Wooster (CDV taken in Litchfield, CT)[Dorothea Wooster born ca 1891 Connecticut, d/o Levis S. Wooster & Louisa A. Morse. Found in 1900 census Lichtfield CT]
  • PMa-29 R.S. Morse, Jr (cab card, no location ID)
  • PMa-30 Mary E. Pratt Morse (CDV taken in Ansonia, CT)
  • PMa-31 R.S. Morse, Sr. (CDV taken in Waterbury, CT)
  • PMa-32 H.E. Pratt (CDV taken in St. Louis, MO)
  • PMa-33 Emeline Morse Pratt, copy of older photo (CDV taken in Hartford, CT) [wife of Frances H. Pratt PMa-34]
  • PMa-34 Frances H. Pratt (CDV taken in Litchfield, CT) [Francis hull Pratt s/o Roswell Pratt & Hannah Hull found in 1850 census New Haven CT born ca 1806 Massachusetts with wife Emeline born ca 1811 Connecticut and children Henry A Pratt b ca 1833 CT, Franklin b ca 1838 CT, Mary E b ca 1841 CT, Herbert E b ca 1848 CT]
  • PMa-35 Lillian Pratt Steele (CDV taken in Gloversville, NY) [Lillian Pratt d/o Henry A Pratt & Harriet J Morgan, born ca 1865 Connecticut]
  • PMa-36 Kate Pratt Steele (CDV taken in Gloversville, NY) [Kate Pratt d/o Henry A Pratt & Harriet J Morgan, born ca 1865 Connecticut married Henry Steele]
  • PMa-37Harriet Morse Pratt (CDV taken in Springfield, MA)
  • PMa-38 Mrs. T.R. Stevens, Ada Morse (CDV taken in Mt. Ayr, Iowa)
  • PMa-39 Minnie Morse Blakesly (CDV taken in New Britain, CT)
  • PMa-40 Henry Morse (CDV taken in Waterbury, CT)
Only two of the people in the album, a girl and an older lady, are not identified. Names are written on album pages and also on the backs of many of the mounts, along with some dates when the photos were taken or age of the person in the photo. Album measures 9” x 12” x 2 ˝”. Red plush cover with metal designs on the corners of the front cover and a metal emblem in the middle of the front cover. Ornate metal clasp intact and still works to secure the album.

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
Pratt Morse Album #37-b
Embossed leather CDV album containing photos of members of the Pratt & Morse families of Connecticut. There are a total of 14 photos in the album (7 CDVs, 4 tintypes, and 3 turn-of-the-century mounted photos). One of the photos is a duplicate. 11 of the photos range in date from 1863-1885. The last 3 are turn-of-the-century.

The people in the photos are identified as follows:
  • PMb-1 Mary E. Pratt Morse (CDV taken by photographer in Litchfield, CT)
  • PMb-2 Harmon Morse (tintype)
  • PMb-3 R.S. Morse, Jr (CDV taken by photographer in Wolcott & Thomaston, CT)
  • PMb-4 R.S. Morse, Jr. (CDV taken Sept. 26, 1883 by photographer in Torrington & Thomaston, CT)
  • PMb-5 Mary E. Pratt Morse (Mounted tintype, no photographer or location ID)
  • PMb-6 Harriet Morgan Pratt (tintype) [Harriet born ca 1836 Massachusetts married Henry A. Pratt born ca 1834 Connecticut. Found in 1870 & 1880 census Fulton New York. Henry A. Pratt principal of Seminary in Gloversville NY]
  • PMb-7 Marcia J. Pratt (Mounted tintype, no photographer or location ID)
  • PMb-8 Sarah Pratt Wilcox (CDV taken by photographer in Waterbury, CT)
  • PMb-9 Mary E. Pratt Morse (CDV taken by photographer in Litchfield, CT)
  • PMb-10 Marcia Johnson (turn of the century photo taken by photographer in Orlando, FL)
  • PMb-11 Martha Pond Morse (turn of the century photo, no photographer or location ID)
  • PMb-12 H.E. Pratt (CDV taken by photographer in Litchfield, CT)
  • PMb-13 Martha Pond Morse (turn of the century photo, no photographer or location ID).
One CDV of a young lady taken in Wolcottville, CT is not identified.
Pratt Morse Album #37-c
I also own 5 early ambrotypes and daguerreotypes of members of the Pratt Morse family. They are:
  • PMc-1) 9th plate ambrotype of R.G. Morse, taken 1859 in Washington, DC. In full case.
  • PMc-2) 6th plate ambrotype of R.G. Morse, taken Dec. 14, 1861. In full case.
  • PMc-3) 9th plate ambrotype, ca. 1858, of Mary E. Pratt, wife of R.S. Morse, Sr.. In full case.
  • PMc-4) 9th plate daguerreotype of F.A. [Franklin Amos] Pratt at age 19 [taken ca 1857]. In full gutta percha case.
  • PMc-5) 6th plate daguerreotype of F.A. [Franklin Amos] Pratt at age 16 [taken ca 1854]. In full case. Some clouding on the glass, not the plate

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

Some Thumbnail Photos from Pratt Civil War Family Photo Album

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Lost Faces Introduction

List of Photo Albums & Family Surnames
Includes index to photos in each album

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Thumbnail Photos from Lost Faces Albums

 

 


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