Who Were They?

Lost and forgotten photos from the past

This next page in the Haberdashers album shows us hats, mustaches, beards and bowties. We have again the gent with his high topped bowler, there in the lower left. He must have been a placeholder on many of these pages being as he is used so often, and that begs the question of just who …

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Today we have a sweet little baby in a bonnet. While we retrospectively think these bonnets are cute and were for show, they served a very practical purpose of keeping the baby’s head warm. Even today, there are caps, knitted beanies and all sorts of cute adornments for an infant’s head. The infant mortality rate …

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Jumping into the 20th century, here we have a gorgeous little girl in her finery. The dress looks almost sheer and the ribbons from her bonnet are so large they look a bit like a kimono sleeve. The dress bodice is quite frilled with wide ruffles at the shoulders. Not to be outdone by her …

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This small child photographed at Sutter’s Studio in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is wearing an ethnic costume, likely from Poland. After 1870, Polish immigrants were second in population to German in the city. There was great promise for jobs in the city’s industrial area. According to The Making of Milwaukee, the Polish neighborhoods were known for small …

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I love Sepia Saturday because it keeps me posting at least once a week when life gets hectic. This week’s prompt features Boadecea (Celtic queen of the Iceni tribe which rebelled against Roman rule in Britain, AD 60 or 61). At least, it features an actress dressed as Boadecea, since photography was invented a couple …

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This week’s Sepia Saturday prompt features a young woman in the rain, holding an umbrella. Search as I might, I couldn’t find the photo I was looking for – an old family photo of a woman with a parasol. As I looked at the prompt again, I looked for the other details. The street, cobbles, …

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