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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An handsome younger man named John Welch. I’m taking a guess that he’s around 20-25 years of age or so in this photo. The photographer is going to give us some more clues to dating the photo. Schofield Bros, at 30 Main Street, Westerly RI were known to be in business in 1879. The studio …

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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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