Who Were They?

Lost and forgotten photos from the past

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 image is identified as Amy Coffin on the back of the CDV. She was a young woman when the image was made around the 1880s-1890s. I can’t really tell from her dress more than a general sense of time. She does have some lovely, matching jewelry – earrings and a brooch. Someone once tried …

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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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Today’s photo was identified as Martha Strune. Probably. The last name could be something else. I did find people on old census records named Martha Strune, so it’s probably correct. Martha has a beautiful dress with much embellishment. The bodice appears to be velvet with a satin inset. There’s embroidered trim added along the neck …

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