Who Were They?

Lost and forgotten photos from the past

Today’s image shows a younger middle aged man identified as Milton Farnsler or Fransler – I’m not 100% on either of these and could be convinced of something else. I say younger middle age because I’d guess he’s between 30-40. He has had time to grow in an impressive set of side whiskers, and his …

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Let’s see if today’s name deciphering game is correct. The back of this CDV identifies the gentleman as Emil A. Gessner. I did find a matching person in New Haven, CT where this portrait was made. Assuming it is the same person, this is Emil A Gessner, born 1856 in Germany. Emil and his wife …

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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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This CDV features a gentleman who looks a little shifty to me. Just look, his eyes are glancing away to the side as though he doesn’t want to meet the viewer’s eye, his thin mustache reminds me a bit of Snidely Whiplash, his hair is oiled and slicked, very polished to make an impression. While …

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