Who Were They?

Lost and forgotten photos from the past

One of the ladies in this photo is Minnie Anspoch. There is a label on the back like this:

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2 Kitt

3 Harriett

4 Minnie

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I presume that whoever wrote it didn’t know the ladies on either end of the group, so that would make Minnie the second from right. If you can zoom in on the dresses, they are certainly lovely examples of early 20th century Edwardian fashion. There are belts, pins, blouses, lovely hair styles, collar pins, and probably more I can’t see. I imagine the fabrics are woolen blend skirts and cotton or silk blend blouses. It seems so sumptuous to us today, but these were the more common fabrics of this time. Rayon was the only “synthetic” fabric available and it is made from wood fibers, so not really even a synthetic as we think of them today.

The photo itself is on a fine paper. I don’t know if it is actually a reprint, or was intended to be pasted onto a piece of bristol board and then wasn’t.

Hi folks – you may notice some changes happening on the site, including our own domain name! Yay! Update your bookmarks to show whowerethey.photos since this is now the registered domain for the blog. I have long wanted a proper domain name and the .com version is available for a whopping 2k, but since I don’t have that kind of money laying around (and seriously, two thousand dollars?!), I have taken advantage of the slew of new domains out there, PLUS .photos works so perfectly!

Also, I’m hoping to update the look of the site simply because it’s time. It’s looking a bit old. The challenge is finding a look that is modern and up to date that will properly showcase 100+ year old photos. Such a challenge. As I play with things you may see changes come and go, but don’t worry all the site content will remain. If something is broken, don’t hesitate to drop me a note so I can look into it.

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