Who Were They?

Lost and forgotten photos from the past

Kathy and Karen Klein appear to be reading or singing from books, but this effect is called trompe l’oeil meaning “trick the eye.” The photograph is overlaid by the line art, making it look like the girls were caught in the act of singing or reading. The line art consists of the books, bells, holly, …

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This CDV dated to the 1860s looks like a photograph of a painting or other type of illustration. That was popular for photographers to generate income in addition to their stock in trade. Photographs of famous figures, such as George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, could be purchased at the same studio where an individual might …

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This cabinet card has an interesting masking. I have seen similar masking and decorative imprinting in my collection. See below: Rosalia Rudd Colter Fancy Mount from Sistersville, WV Irene Shoemaker Monroe I might have one more that hasn’t been scanned yet. I suppose I ought to create a new category for this. In my research, …

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I believe this to be a lovely photograph of Rosalia Rudd Colter, who was featured recently with her children. Rose / Rosa / Rosalia was the daughter of William Mann Rudd and Catherine Eliza Rudd. This photo is similar to the previous family portrait in her clothing and hair styling, although her dress and hair …

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This photograph represents the third photographer in the little town of Cambridgeboro, PA. Apparently the town was doing quite well. The fancy masking of the photo is similar to the previous photo from the Red Velvet album. The masking must have been carefull applied to the negative plate but you can definitely see they were …

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Staying in Cambridgeboro, PA we now have a lovely young lady who’s photo was masked in an interesting style. The image has been masked with a decorative shape reminiscent of a scroll. It is a shame we cannot see more of the dress the subject is wearing. I would like to know if the diagonal …

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