Lost Photo Collection: Part 01

Orange City, IOWA — The Slikkerveer Family

I’m loving this old car. It looks to be late 1800’s to early 1900’s. Anyone know the model?

These are the first images in what I hope to be a long series of old historical photography I’ve started to collect. I find looking back in time facinating. It’s an interesting juxtaposition of lifestyle from back then to now. I want this series to be and adventure for viewers. A way to step back in time into personal moments from past lives. Although fun content to look through and share, I’m also archiving a bit of American history. While maybe not famous people, it is a true look into the life of the times. I don’t know why it’s so exciting to me, but it is. I hope anyone reading this finds the same joy I have when discovering these images.

This first set of photos are from a set of Dry Plate glass I recently stumbled onto. I’ve found them to be from Sioux City Iowa somewhere around the early 1900’s. I believe this to be the Slikkerveer family, originally from the Netherlands, who had settled into the Sioux City area in 1871. The lead man of the house at this time, H. Slikkerveer, was mayor of Orange City, Iowa.

H. Slikkerveer
Mrs. Slikkerveer

Mr. and Mrs. Slikkerveer died within a year of each other in 1917 and 1918 and are buried in IOWA.

That’s about all I was able to pull from my negatives, some news paper clippings and Google searches. I found a small sticker on a paper in between one of the plates which was a misspelling of the family name as Slykeveer, but later found it to be Slikkerveer. That same name is also a small Dutch village, which seems to match my findings.

After scanning my first glass plate I got really excited at the quality I was able to pull from these glass negatives. Totally surprised! Who would have thought these would be so well preserved and scannable over 100 years later?

If anyone has and additional information, please share, it would be fun to learn more. The more I can pull the pieces together the better the story gets. Hope this was an enjoyable walk through the past!

- The Lost Photo Collection — Originally published at www.storehouse.co.

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