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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Wow, this photograph is simply lovely. Look at the amazing crown of braids and the long curls draped onto her shoulder. Her earrings belie the misconception that Victorian women “didn’t pierce their ears.” I’d guess based on the hair and dress that I can see that the photo was made at the end of the …

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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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That is a huge braid crown! This young lady was identified as Olga Strune or Struve. A site reader suggested Struve as an alternate last name for Martha Strune. Struve is also a known name and so I concur that it is a possible match. The stain on the face of this card is unfortunate, …

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