Who Were They?

Lost and forgotten photos from the past

Directly to the right of our “bewildered” subject in the last post is this woman in her amazing bustle dress. This is definitely late bustle (1882-1889) because of the size and prominence of the bustle, plus the gorgeous drape with what looks like velvet trim on probably wool gaberdine or the equivalent. I picture this …

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Today we feature an anonymous photograph on a cabinet card of a young girl, maybe aged 10-13. Note the incredibly lovely dead ivy adorning the stand. Nice. It’s rather surprising actually, because Hartley was a prolific photographer in the later 19th century. Edward F. Hartley (aka E. F. Hartley or E. Hartley) occupied 309 Madison, …

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