The listing also includes Kittie's grandparents, David D. Van Slyke and Sally (Moyer) Van Slyke.
We have a couple of tintypes of Kittie as a child. In this image of Kittie as a toddler, she sits upright on the photographer's large leather chair, looking directly into the camera. She appears to be impressed by the experience, but it is difficult to fathom whether her expression is one of apprehension, defiance, or determination. Her apparel and hairdo are reminiscent of the porcelain dolls of that era (circa 1870); indeed she does look quite like a little doll.
|Kittie - toddler, ca. 1869|
Not much later, at two years old, Kittie looks less impressed by her visit to the photographer's studio. She is posed less formally and looks confidently into the camera. She appears to be wearing the same white bead necklace as in the earlier picture.
|Kittie at age 2|
We also have a number of images of her as a young woman. Below is one of my favorites. Kittie is posed in the photographer's studio, wearing a fancy pleated dress, a curly hairdo, and a dreamy expression.
|Early tintype of Kittie|
|Jonas Van Slyke - tintype|
In honor of Kittie's birthday, I made coconut drop cookies, or macaroons, from a recipe in Grandma Minnie's handwritten cookbook:
Here is how I modernized the recipe a bit:
- 2 egg whites
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
- 2 cups shredded coconut
Preheat oven to 325 F. Grease cookie sheet.
Fold in shredded coconut.
Using a tablespoon or a 1/4 cup measuring cup, scoop the mixture onto the greased baking sheet.
Bake for about 20 minutes, until light brown on top.
Cool on a wire rack and serve. Here they are, toasty, tasty, and warm -- a sweet treat for a birthday or any day:
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* See www.phototree.com/history.htm for additional information about the history of tintypes and other early forms of photography.