Who Were They?

Lost and forgotten photos from the past

Posed nicely in their suits and white collars are two boys, probably brothers. The younger, on the left, is leaning on something draped with a brocade cloth cover. He looks as though the tedium of the session is wearing on him. The older brother to the right is looking fine with his arm tucked behind his back. The back of this photograph has “early 1930s” written on it. In conjunction with the previous incorrectly dated photograph, I can only assume the person doing the dating had no clue about photographs and maybe even no clue about the people. The person might have thought this was a pair of brothers they knew in their family – uncles for example – who indeed were born in the 20s, not realizing the photo represents at least one generation earlier.

The photographer was Jeptha Dunn, of Meadville, PA. Some of the stylized imprints of the photographer’s signature really left something to be desired. This one really looks like Drmm or Dumn, Drum, etc. I wonder how that whole process was managed.

2 thoughts on “Two boys

  1. IntenseGuy says:

    I have to agree, this signature, I. E. Hall and the one for C. P. McDannell is nearly “Illegible”.


  2. usermattw says:

    I had to chuckle at the obviously wrong date. There are family photos floating around in my family that have two sets of dates written on them. My semi-senile grandfather went through in an effort to be helpful and wrote dates on them, and then my aunt had to go through later and write the correct dates.


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