Shared Photo: Fred & Caroline Schroeder Markman

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I wanted to share this family photo of Caroline Markman with the community. Location: Chicago, IL. Date: Before 1905.

They came from the same town in Germany. She came to the United States with her parents in 1857 (she was 21) and he came in 1862 (he was 21). Caroline was about 69 in the picture and Fred about 64. 

I only had a photocopy of the picture, still, she is beautiful.


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WikiTree profile: Caroline Markman
in Photos by Joy Jacobs G2G2 (2.1k points)

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Thank you for sharing such a marvelous photograph of Caroline and Fred. I'm especially struck by the expression of gentle, relaxed, compassion combined with inner passion and love that shines through Caroline's eyes. I'm also impressed that rather than sitting straight up as was commonly done for such portraits of the time, Caroline is seen here leaning in toward Fred--which seems to express her fondness and love for him through her body posture. The third thing that I find remarkable about this picture of Caroline is that while she is apparently about 69 years old in this photograph, she looks decades younger than that (aside from the white in her hair). Caroline is so beautiful that she could have been a model or an actress--and she has such kind, wise eyes!

This photo of Fred is much more typical of the times, in the sense that he shows very little emotion nor smile in his eyes or mouth. The other standard feature of this photo for its time is that Fred, being Caroline's husband, sits slightly forward from where she sits. It's nice to see the two of them together in this beautiful photograph of husband and wife.

Thank you so much for sharing this gem!
by Cynthia Larson G2G6 Pilot (168k points)

C'est Bon Magnifique ! 

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