Cora B. and Albert R. Gaither

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Portraits of this Philadelphia married couple were found in an album belonging to Mrs. Elizabeth J. Gaither Summers of Baltimore.

Albert R. Gatiher (b. September 1873, Anne Arundel Co., Md.), was Mrs. Summers’ nephew: The son of her uncle Evan Lusby Gaither and Anna Maria Robinson Gaither.

Written on the back of Albert’s photo are the words “For Uncle Benny.” Uncle Benny may have been his father’s bachelor brother Benjamin Gaither (b. 1837, Anne Arundel County, Md.), who lived in a modest two-story, two-bay row house on Fayette Street in Baltimore.

Albert married his Virginia-born wife Cora about 1895 in Pennsylvania. She wears the popular leg o’mutton sleeve style of the mid-1890s, but I’m not knowledgeable enough to pinpoint the date of her dress with any accuracy. The white blind-embossed surface of the mount suggests a mid- to late-1890s date as well.

Cora and Albert, a carpenter at a trolley-car works, had one child, Howard Raymond Gaither (b. 1895, Pa.). Howard worked for the Boston-based John Hancock Life Insurance Company in Upper Darby, Chester County, Philadelphia, Pa.). Howard’s home on Green Valley Road, near the McCall Golf and Country Club, remains an area of pleasant, well-kept semi-detached ca. 1939 homes.

All photographs from the Elizabeth J. Gaither Summers album were acquired on ebay from jbatro (johnscollectibles@att.net).

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