Who Were They?

Lost and forgotten photos from the past

Back in the day, the word “toothsome” was used similarly to the word “attractive.” According to the Mirriam-Webster Dictionary, it means agreeable, attractive, sexually attractive, or tasty as relates to food. Apparently, the word originated as describing something pleasing to taste, much like “sweet tooth,” in the 1400s. It was quickly extended to the language …

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Sorry for my absence, I hadn’t realized it had been so long since I posted last! Yikes, it is funny how time gets away from us so quickly. Today, let’s look at these two young women. I have heard recently that the early photographic techniques tended to add age to the faces of the subjects …

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Here we have two women from the later 1860s or early 1870s. We can tell this by their hair styles and collar styles. Let’s take a closer look. First up, this lady has her hair styled in finger waves before being pulled to the back of her head. The dominant style for hair in the …

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A page in our little album that does not feature its residents to their best portrayals, unfortunately. The tiny gem tintypes have shifted in their placeholders and threaten to hide some of the better elements on them. I do wish we could see more of this image, or even more of the dress worn, because …

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Today’s image reminds me of a country song, “she used to tie her hair up in ribbons and bows, sign her letters with x’s and o’s.” The young ladies here have put on their Sunday best to have their images struck. This beauty has her hair dressed and covered with a hair net, I believe. …

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