This week I won the print of Mary Van Heusen (Smith) Kretschmar that I mentioned in an earlier post. Her niece Lizzie Smith lived with my cousin Mary's great grandmother's family in Philadelphia. Her great great grandfather wrote a letter home when he went out to visit Mrs. Kretschmar in St. Louis. We have no idea who Mrs. Kretschmar's parents were, but now we have the name Van Heusen from the back of the photograph and that was pretty rare for Philadelphia (where they lived before moving West).
I also won 2 unidentified prints from the Gregory Photo Studio in Bridgeton, NJ. My great great grandfather's cousin Rachel married the owner of the studio. I have only heard about his studio and never seen any prints from it in all my years of rifling through antique stores and ebay auctions. I'm going to scan them in and send them to his great granddaughter as an early holiday present.