Who Were They?

Lost and forgotten photos from the past

  Spot #29 and the final image in the Leather CdV Album is a tintype in its paper sleeve, showing a young man in a fine suit of clothes and nice boots. Although the back of the paper sleeve just has a piece of tissue holding the tintype in place and no photographer information, I’m …

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    They say everyone has a twin out there somewhere, and this man’s modern twin is without a doubt Gene Hackman.   If there was going to be a movie about the people in the Leather CdV Album, Gene would definitely be cast as this character, whoever he was. As noted by T. L. …

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    In the days before rhinoplasty was readily available for all who had self image issues, people just lived with their flaws. It doesn’t mean they liked them or didn’t try to change them – the advertisements for shaping implements for women’s bosom and bottom are hilarious and copious – but here is a …

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Today’s photo from opening #26 of the Leather CdV Album is either a poor quality print, or faded out, or both. The fellow, with his puffy hair style and slight “I’m trying to carry a caterpillar here” mustache, makes me think of some of the boys in my high school back in the ’80s (the …

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Today’s photo from the Leather CdV Album is a fine image of a young man posed quite attractively, presumably so he could impress the ladies he visited and thereby left his visiting card. The square corners of the card indicate the 1860s but this is mid to late century (my guesstimate) due to the entire …

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  Today from the Leather CdV Album is a photograph of a woman made between August 1864 – August 1866. The tax stamp in this case has been cancelled by pencil marks across Washington’s face. The lady is finely dressed and my costumer friends will notice how the tops of her sleeves are trimmed. First, …

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