Who Were They?

Lost and forgotten photos from the past

This later 19th century photograph, a CDV, once showed a pretty child, posed upon a chair, with round baby face youth looking out at her parents. Today, we know she was there, but over time the image has faded to a grainy suggestion of its former glory. I don’t know enough about vintage photographic processes …

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Before I gave you all those wonderful Christmas cards, I teased you about a tintype that would make you say “awww.” Well, two months later, I hope you didn’t hold your breath, but here it finally is! This baby was photographed by T. M. Saurman, as were several previous portraits (to view them click on …

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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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Three photos found together in a packet, along with some other random photos. I believe they show a progression, with the baby being the first, then she is shown with her brother, and then the two siblings again. They are happy, round faced children who make me smile. The baby photograph shows no photographer information. …

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Here’s another real photo postcard from the Rudd collection that has yellowed with age.  I figured since I was so successful with Picnic the other day I’d give this one a try. I still need some practice as this is a bit too purple and blue for my liking, but you can now really see …

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   I picked up this CdV because of the child’s eyes. They are quite haunting…and a little creepy. Click the photo to enlarge it. I wondered if this might be an example of a photographer having painted eyes onto the photo plate of a memento mori photo. The shop was closing, I had to go, …

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