Who Were They?

Lost and forgotten photos from the past

Up for consideration today is a portrait of Mr Milo Biler – updated: Biles. He was identified on the reverse of the image as having been born Feb 9, 1853, died Mar 16, 1890. With the birth and death dates, you would think I could find more information on him, but Mr Biler is surprisingly …

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Today’s attractive young lady is showing off an interesting necklace. I have seen similar shaped necklaces on other cabinet cards and CDVs, so I assume this was a fashion trend in the 1880s. Note her brooch – a cameo? – above the necklace, and above that the ruffled collar. It feels a tiny bit Elizabethan, …

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Photographed today is a young woman with a very pretty hair comb of the peineta style popular in the late 1880s. She also sports a long necklace that drapes over her jabot. She is otherwise unremarkable, although I am certain some loving person cherished her image. The photo was made by Charles A. Saylor’s City …

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Today’s photo shows three young women, all dressed and coiffed to perfection. Their dresses and hair styles are indicative of the the first years of the 20th century. Also of note is the ink stamp imprint from the studio of J. Forster & Son in Detroit, MI. Someone wrote on the back “H. Delander.” I …

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