Who Were They?

Lost and forgotten photos from the past

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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Today’s attractive young lady is showing off an interesting necklace. I have seen similar shaped necklaces on other cabinet cards and CDVs, so I assume this was a fashion trend in the 1880s. Note her brooch – a cameo? – above the necklace, and above that the ruffled collar. It feels a tiny bit Elizabethan, …

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Today’s photo shows three young women, all dressed and coiffed to perfection. Their dresses and hair styles are indicative of the the first years of the 20th century. Also of note is the ink stamp imprint from the studio of J. Forster & Son in Detroit, MI. Someone wrote on the back “H. Delander.” I …

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That is a huge braid crown! This young lady was identified as Olga Strune or Struve. A site reader suggested Struve as an alternate last name for Martha Strune. Struve is also a known name and so I concur that it is a possible match. The stain on the face of this card is unfortunate, …

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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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