Who Were They?

Lost and forgotten photos from the past

This photo is small, only about 2×3, and thanks to having scanned it we can enlarge the digital version for study. The young woman pictured was probably named Lii’le or Liile, something like that. Liile was an Estonian Girl Scout – or as they are known outside of the US, a Girl Guide. She wears …

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This undated photo shows a young Girl Scout saluting with a backward three-finger salute. She has a tie, belt, hat and a shawl or coat over one arm. You can just see over her left pocket a round Girl Scout symbol, and in the center of her tie her pin. This uniform looks similar to …

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This photograph of a handsome young man was taken in Islington, Newfoundland. The year is unknown but after World War I, Newfoundland had a minimal military presence, so the photo is possibly from the WWI era. At that time, Newfoundland was still an independent country although under the British dominion, and owing allegiance to Britain. …

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It isn’t always easy to find an old photo with a big banner in it, but when you do they are usually something good to stir up discussion. Such is my hope this week. It seems like the moment you say “unions” people’s opinions are usually split between pro and anti union sentiments. But when …

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I just love the idea of this photo being an early fraternity party photo, although it looks rather tame compared to some of the fraternity parties *I* attended in the 90s! Initially I thought it might be a Yale photo on account of the large Y pennant. Looking closer though, I think it is located …

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Have you ever noticed when digging through a pile or box of old photos, the musty smell of attic? A surge of that odor hit me today as I searched for photos for this week’s Sepia Saturday post. It reminded me of my grandmother who had a really neat attic (neat to a kid, not …

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