Who Were They?

Lost and forgotten photos from the past

In all their Victorian awkwardness, enjoy today an unidentified photo that I think might have been an engagement or wedding photo. The dress dates to the 1880s or early 1890s, it’s hard to see much what with the wooden fencing and her dress being washed out in color. While it looks like there might be damage to the face of the photo (and there definitely is damage) she has some sort of rosette or pin on her shoulder. She may also have flowers pinned on her other shoulder. Hard to tell as there is also damage on the image in that same area. I suspect the photo may have been made by an itinerant photographer. Right at the top edge of the photo, you can see where the backdrop was hung up, and also what looks like it could be the pitch of a tent. It’s total speculation of course, but with the absence of any back mark, or even the photographer name on the front, I find it more likely. As we have seen on numerous images, established photographers used the cabinet cards and CDVs as a means of advertising.

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