Who Were They?

Lost and forgotten photos from the past

Today we feature a fresh faced young woman with really lovely eyes. The way her hair is dressed combined with her soft face reminds me of a vintage china doll. Take a look at her blouse, too. The neck is made up of ruched fabric, probably a fine silk or silk/cotton blend. The rest of …

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One of my biggest pet peeves is misinformation about historical clothing. Once we overcome the fact that people were smaller in the 19th century, cherished clothing that was carefully packed away was likely for special occasions and not every day, and we realize that our modern ideals of beauty and comfort cannot be applied to …

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This week’s Sepia Saturday suggests newspapers and such, but I’m going for the headlines. Specifically, someone who made headlines: Lillian Russell. Lillian Russell (12-4-1860 to 6-6-1922) was an American stage actress and singer of operettas, well known throughout America and Europe. During her heyday, she frequently starred in Gilbert & Sullivan comic operas. With roots …

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  Today’s photo is a 20th century homage to femininity. In the golden age of Hollywood (1930s or so) the back lit photograph was the premier style of image for women, the “Glamour Shots” of their day. This particular image seems soft and lovely, while having a bit of a risqué sense, what with her …

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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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