Who Were They?

Lost and forgotten photos from the past

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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I have previously described some of the fellows in the Liberty Bell album as dandy and fashionable, but this dude, well he takes the cake! Just look at the striped suit and vest and bow tie, with a lapel pin and the high collar, the carefully parted and waved hair……it’s just too much! He must …

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Sorry it has been a bit since I last gave you a photo. My family moved house and that is an undertaking in itself! We are finally getting settled and I’ll be back to posting more frequently. Today’s photo taken by Tilton in Exeter, NH shows us a somber looking young man with busy eyebrows …

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Here we have a solemn looking young woman with a pretty bow and a frilly blouse. Her features are the classic Edwardian look: soft hair style, soft round face, straight nose, not-too-wide mouth, strong chin. She has a nice curve to her neck which we can see due to her blouse being a bit low …

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The entire family must have visited Mr Tilton for their photographs, as here is yet another in the same matting with embossing and decorative flourishes. This fellow has the stereotypical hair parted and oiled flat to his head and a high, starched collar. But his bow tie is so tiny! It almost appears to be …

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I am guessing the style of the high necked blouses was intent on making a woman’s neck look long and graceful. I can’t imagine any other reason for women to bind up or otherwise accentuate their necks. Young women in particular were fond of this style, but older women might not have liked it if …

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Here is another W. P. Tilton photograph from the Liberty Bell album. This hat is certainly quite a creation! The Edwardian hats were designed to counterbalance the rounded bosom and protruding derriere that were popular at the time. A good hat could draw the eye up toward the face of the wearer, while the clothing …

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