Who Were They?

Lost and forgotten photos from the past

For my final photograph from the Mearns Family Album, I have saved one of my favorites for the last. This photo was made probably in the 1870s, based on the lack of ornamentation on the cabinet card. I have often said that the older set hold onto their favorite fashions and this is a good …

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  One of our final images from the Mearns Family Album is a photograph of a beautiful baby named Ann Beatrice Scarborough. I noticed than many of the Scarborough family photos were removed from the album. I can only guess that whoever wanted them missed this one because the identification information was written on the …

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This person was identified only as Everetts, New York State, with the photo below labeled only as “& wife.” Her dress is a bustle dress, dating the photo to 1885-1890. It is not an outrageous dress, very understated. She has some type of flower at her throat, so this could possibly be her wedding portrait. …

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We are going to give Iggy’s brain a rest today with an unidentified photo of a gentleman from the Mearns Family Album. The pose is the side portrait, and unfortunately the lighting from above was a bit too bright. It reminds me of what I learned previously about Ivoryettes, and I wonder if the photographer …

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Today’s photograph is identified as Van Sickle, West. I assume that means that the first name was lost to the ages. This lady kind of looks like the mother in yesterday’s photograph. What do you think? She is wearing pince nez spectacles that have a little chain that wraps probably around her ear, which was …

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These lovely children are placed in the Mearns Family Album next to the photo of Minnie Johns. Considering the news that Iggy found yesterday (that she had suffered from typhoid and her husband succumbed to it) it is unlikely that these were her children. You see, Minnie married Robert T. Groves on February 5, 1890, …

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This photo from the Mearns Family Album is identified as Minnie Johns. I don’t recall seeing this name among the many relations that Iggy has found, but it’s entirely possible I am just not remembering well. The photo can be dated to the 1890s because of the scalloped edges of the card. You can also …

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