https://louisianadigitallibrary.org/islandora/object/oplib-orv%3A84 This letter was also included in the Dabbs collection. it is a letter written by Bernard Dinkgrave from a hospital in Alexandria. If you want to read a transcript of the letter, just click on "Details". It is quite an amusing read and just a little naughty! "Bennie" would be assassinated a few years … Continue reading 1865 Letter from Bernard H. Dinkgrave to James Muse Dabbs
https://louisianadigitallibrary.org/islandora/object/oplib-pho%3A453 This cute little girl was only a year old when her photo was taken circa 1872. If you look to the left of the photo, you can see she was being held by a woman, probably her mother. That was quite common when children were photographed. If you have ever tried to photograph a … Continue reading Elenor Elvira Buffington – The Hidden Mother Photos
This one breaks my heart two different ways: https://louisianadigitallibrary.org/islandora/object/oplib-pho%3A462 The first, because this little girl is unidentified. The second, I suspect it is what is called a Memento Mori photo. They were very common in the Victorian era. Think about it. Photography was very expensive and you had to sit very still for one. It … Continue reading Memento Mori – The Victorian Post Mortem Photo
These next two need no introduction. I have written thoroughly about them before. Isaiah Garrett: https://louisianadigitallibrary.org/islandora/object/oplib-pho%3A476 and Narcissa Grayson Garrett: https://louisianadigitallibrary.org/islandora/object/oplib-pho%3A475 They must have been close family friends, since I find no link between the Dabbs and the Garretts.
The first photo I would like to highlight is the patriarch of all the Dabbs family in Ouachita Parish. Dr. Christopher Hunt Dabbs: https://louisianadigitallibrary.org/islandora/object/oplib-pho%3A430 He came to Monroe during the 1830's and set out his shingle. He married Julia Washington Muse, a descendant of the Filhiol family, in 1845. They were the parents of several … Continue reading Christopher Hunt Dabbs
Over the last couple of weeks, my boss has been working hard to scan this particular collection of photos. Over the next few days I'll be highlighting a few of them, but if you want to see them all, go here: https://louisianadigitallibrary.org/islandora/search/Dabbs?page=1&type=edismax&cp=oplib-pho%3Acollection Some are unidentified. If you recognize any of them, let us know! The … Continue reading Dabbs Photo Album