A 100-year-old Canadian photo of P. Émile and Lucien Hallée found its way into an antique store in California and was bought by genealogy blogger Jacqi Stevens, who now wants to find out who the boys are so she can return the photo to their family.
The photo of the boys is an Azo postcard, marked “made in Canada.” Ms. Stevens, who thinks the boys may have lived in Quebec or perhaps elsewhere in Canada, said, “The Azo insignia was used between 1904 and about 1918.”
Someone wrote in pencil on the back of the postcard that P. Émile was three years old (3 ans) and Lucien was one (1 ans) when the photo was taken.
Were the boys brothers? Cousins?
A quick look at census and church records shows several Hallée families living in southern Quebec, close to Maine and New Hampshire. Others lived near Quebec City.
Ms. Stevens bought the photo of the Hallée boys a few months ago in Jackson, an historic town in the foothills of Northern California. During the gold rush era in the 1850s, the region attracted people from around the world.
This is not the first photo Ms. Stevens has “rescued” from an antique store.
She said, “My goal in rescuing abandoned family photographs is to find a way to return them to descendants who might be interested in receiving the photograph. I do this at no charge, as a ‘giving back’ way to say thank you to the genealogy community for all the help given to me when I was a newbie, myself.”
If you know the answer to Ms. Stevens’ questions about the Hallée boys, she would like to hear from you.