Who Were They?

Lost and forgotten photos from the past

Fading with time, before we lose the image altogether, here’s a photograph of William Mann Rudd Jr in the 1890s. The edges of the card have that deckled cutwork that was popular at the time. This makes him about 13 or 14 years of age in this image.

For other images of the Rudd family, enter “Rudd” in the search box.

I have been quite busy with ahem, cough, work, cough, cough, something this afternoon and have as yet to figure a way to tie this to Sepia Saturday. So, in the interest of time I’m not going to, haha. For great sepia images of boys at the library, books, study, and more, click over to Sepia Saturday.

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13 thoughts on “Wm Mann Rudd Jr

  1. kristin says:

    Here’s a tie in, William Rudd is about the same age as the boys in the prompt.


  2. Kathy says:

    His clear gaze is still there in the fading image!


  3. Bob Scotney says:

    His gaze will not fade now that you have shown him to us.


  4. postcardy says:

    You can always unfade and improve the image with Photoshop or similar software.


  5. He looks like a serious reader to me! Ha ha.


  6. Jana Last says:

    No need to tie the photo in. This photo is in sad shape isn’t it? What a shame. But, I like Postcardy’s suggestion about using Photoshop or something similar. If you do, it would be fun to see a before and after.


  7. Titania says:

    I do like the faded look of the photograph. It is the age of the picture, perhaps if it would be altered it would loose its charm.


  8. The deckled cutwork resembles that of stamps in those days. And if you don’t use Photoshop you might lose the image completely. In any case, keep the original in the dark.


  9. Alan Burnett says:

    It is a fascinating old image and you have researched it and described it well. Who needs a theme when you can give us posts of this quality.


  10. Liz says:

    These saved photographs are a treasure. Identifying them and labeling them by decade is a great help to those of us trying to date our own finds.


  11. A real Cheshire Cat photo. I like his direct gaze into the lens and hint of a smile.


  12. Some of those Cabinet Cards with that one colloid??process seem to fade..but they are quite old….I wonder if they looked faded when they were new?


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