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Older Lady in Crape, Albumen Carte de Visite, Circa 1870 | by lisby1
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Older Lady in Crape, Albumen Carte de Visite, Circa 1870

"M. W. Mealey, 295 Essex Street, Lawrence, Mass."


Interestingly, here is the obituary of the man who took this picture--Martin W. Mealey:



May 13, 1909

Martin W. Mealey, a well known local photographer, died yesterday afternoon at 1:15 o'clock at his home, corner of Washington and Seventh Streets of heart disease. Though he had been ill for two or three weeks and for months had not enjoyed real good health, it was not believed his condition was especially alarming until a few minutes or possibly an hour before his death.


After feeling badly for a few days, Mr. Mealey took to his bed a week ago Friday but was up again on Monday and went to Tempe to take some pictures at the Normal school. Returning he went to bed feeling very tired and never left it again except for a few minutes at a time. Tuesday night he coughed considerably but declared yesterday morning that he never felt better in his life. He was always cheerful and hopeful. During the forenoon yesterday he began to get worse and finally Dr. Ball, a friend of thirty years standing, was sent for but when he arrived the patient was lapsing into unconsciousness.


Mrs. Mealey, who has been her husband's constant companion and nurse during his hours of illness was overcome by the suddenness of the blow and could hardly appreciate the change that took place between morning and noon. They have no daughters, and only a single son, Will P. Mealey of Seattle, formerly a resident of this city. He was informed by wire of his father's death and it is expected he will come as quickly as possible, though it will take four or five days to make the trip. He had not been heard from last evening and it is possible he is out of the city and will not get the sad telegram until this morning.


The deceased was born at the head of St. Peter's Bay, Newfoundland, 59 years ago last October and was the youngest of thirteen children, all of whom have preceded him to the grave. When about a year old his parents moved to Boston and later the family moved to Lowell, Mass. Thirty six years ago Mr. Mealey moved to Colorado where he lived for twenty three years, having suffered with asthma. He took quite a prominent part in business and public affairs in Colorado in those days but deciding that he had worn out the climate he came to Phoenix about thirteen years ago. He was engaged in the photograph business on East Washington Street almost from the time of his arrival here until a few months ago when he bought the gallery established by the late F.A. Hartwell on South Second Street, conducting it until his death.


Mealey Funeral

May 19, 1909

A large gathering of friends of the family assembled yesterday in the parlors of Mohn and Driscoll to honor the memory of M.W. Mealey. Rev. J.A. Geissinger conducted a religious service after which the casket was placed in the care of the Independent Order of Foresters, who escorted it to the grave. There were many beautiful floral offerings."


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Taken on November 8, 2011