Who Were They?

Lost and forgotten photos from the past

This photo of a mature couple features a long beard and an Edwardian styled dress. This dates the photo to after 1904. The lady’s hair is also more softly styled, an influence of the Gibson Girl style so popular around the turn of the century. The photographer was probably G. C. Bauman in Burlington, IA. …

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This week’s Sepia Saturday prompt shows young men in a chemistry lab. Hrm. That was tough for me, so I went again with using the idea but taking it in another direction. Chemistry is often the word invoked when a pair of people work well together, are attracted to one another, or otherwise cannot stay …

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I just hate it love it when I go to an antique shop that obviously doesn’t care lovingly curates their photographic items for sale. In particular, one of my favorite shops has a stall where people can paw through carelessly spend hours thoughtfully sifting in the crummy cardboard boxes holding piles and piles of photos getting …

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I find this photo to be quite unusual, in that the couple has some clothing that is different from what we consider the “norm” in antique photos. The lady looks world weary, doesn’t she? The poor thing looks beat down, really, maybe from child rearing or illness, who knows. Her dress hangs like a bag …

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This attractive couple was found among the other Rudd family photographs, and so I assume there is some connection, although I have as yet to make it. The woman’s dress is a beautiful example of late 1870s Natural Form trending to the Late Bustle period. The many layers of pleating are amazing, and it must …

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Here are two photos from the Rudd collection that feature people looking remarkably similar!   The top photograph is identified as Catherine Eliza Rudd, Kitty and Dr William Mann Rudd. Interestingly, another photo in the set identifies the adults as Dr William Mann Rudd and Eliza Catherine Mann. It was pretty common to intermarry among …

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This little snapshot shows an Army man and a woman. The hairstyle on the woman looks more motherly than wife-like, but since there was no information on the photo I can’t say for sure how these two are related. The back of the photo was stamped “Cunningham Studio, Gainsville, TX, February 24, 1946.”