Wedding couple from LaSalle, Illinois

Click here to view it larger.  Click here to view the back.

What it is:

Cabinet card measuring 4.25 x 6.5 inches.

What I know about it:

Photographer is W. A. Locke, Locke’s Art Palace, LaSalle, Illinois.  Otherwise undated and unidentified.


According to one online source, Locke was at this address in the mid-1890s, having previously been at a different address, and not being listed in the city directory by the turn of the century.  Unlike a lot of photos of that era, our couple is wearing wedding attire that would not seem entirely out of place in a wedding today.  Be sure to take a look at the nice graphics on the back of the photo.

6 comments on “Wedding couple from LaSalle, Illinois”

  1. Wow, just wow what a magnificent photo!!

  2. I never knew Illinois was ever abbreviated as “Ills” (as on the back).

    • You can find lists online of old state abbreviations. I’ve turned to those once in a while when doing this blog, just to make sure, for example, that “O.” refers to Ohio, etc., especially when a town name can be found in more than one state. Some of them, like “Ills”, can be surprising.

  3. “We are very serious about our impending union! Steadfastly invested in this moment! Exclamations implied in our earnestness!”

    😉 Dear, sweet young things. They have no idea what they’re in for. Illinois is upheaval for much of the ensuing forty years.

    • I sometimes wonder, as I look at these old photos and think, “If they only knew”, how many people will look at photos of us in a century or so and think the same thing.

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