Who Were They?

Lost and forgotten photos from the past

This is an adorable baby, no doubt, but I chose this photograph because of how her hair has been curled into a little bow on the top of her head. That is one way of showing that this is a girl child, now isn’t it? The photographer was Hardy & Van Arnam at 390 River St, Troy NY. These photographers were one of the most prolific of the CdV era.

Baby bow girl is also going to kick off another photo album that I purchased last year, although the chances of finding living relatives may be a true challenge even to Iggy’s fabulous curiosity and research skills. The album is call the “Dobb Long Book” but there are very few people identified within. It is possible to sometimes tell who were the couples, and when that is possible I’ll post them together, but beyond that…. it’s almost totally lost to history.

Next post will be a more in-depth description of the album and a very interesting cabinet card.

6 thoughts on “Hello, baby

  1. tattered and Lost says:

    I’ve never seen hair done like this. Very creative. I wonder if it was common or something specific to this family. Very clever. But I bet it hurt having it done.


  2. She is adorable..I wonder what they used to make her hair stiff..most likely some sugar water..was there a proper hair starch or stiffener back then? Oh another album..cool..I find them a real adventure! :)


  3. IntenseGuy says:

    Well, I enjoy a challenge. :)

    “Dobb”? Interesting name…


  4. Anonymous says:

    Oh, my goodness – this photo is from my hometown! I’ve lived in and around Troy all my life. I can’t wait to see what else is in the album.


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