Who Were They?

Lost and forgotten photos from the past

Today let’s take a quick look at this young fellow. He is aged approximately 8 years old and was named James. You can just see it in pencil, written below the oval. It is a shame that whoever wrote that didn’t include his surname. There also is not a photographer’s backmark, and while it was …

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This tintype photograph looks remarkably like the fellow we saw back before the holidays, who had his portrait done by T. M. Saurman. The resemblance is strong, so it’s either the same man or his brother. This photograph features some hand tinting on the bowtie, making it pink. The backmark shows that this image was …

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  This is Grandmother Ridge, Caroline Elizabeth Ridge – Jane Bucks’ mother. She looks a bit like she doesn’t trust the photographer. I did find a Caroline Ridge, married to James Ridge, living in Maryland during the 1850 census, and one of their children was named Jane. James Ridge (about 1809) Caroline (about 1814) Riley …

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Today’s photograph is a tintype in an embossed card holder virtually identical to the one of our previous baby. The only difference I can find – outside of the quality of the embossing – is that this paper sleeve┬áhas the mark “Patent Applied For” while the baby photo does not. This particular photo does not …

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A nice tintype of an older lady, maybe in her 50s? I have heard a lot of talk lately about tintypes adding years to a person’s face, so unless I see actual age signs, I’m a bit hesitant to guess. However, this lady does have the drooping eyelids and softly falling jowls of middle age. …

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