Who Were They?

Lost and forgotten photos from the past

This is a very nice mid to late 1860s image of two women. They appear to be mother & daughter. Note the lovely details: Dropped shoulder seams with sleeve caps, and look at the trim on the standing woman! The darker colored dress features a ribbon trim design at the sleeve cuff Coat sleeves on …

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Up for your perusal today is a lovely young couple from Devon who sat for their photograph in the late 1860s or even early 1870s. I think. I’m basing my assessment on the woman’s clothing as usual, and her dress seems to show a skirt that is elliptical, possibly trending toward the early bustle period, …

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Just a few days ago, I noticed a spike in traffic coming from reddit, so I’d like to say “hello” to all the folks finding their way here from there. I gathered that the reason people were coming here was due to a link in a discussion about 19th century beards. I have long stated …

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This lovely couple was photographed by the Dolph Brothers studio in Erie, PA. The photo dates to the 1860s based on several factors, including the woman’s dress style, the border style and the squared corners on the card. I’m going to take you through my thought process on how I’m¬†refining the date of this image. …

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  I found this CdV in an antique shop recently, and it was labeled “Girl, circa 1890s.” Having a bit of experience with photos and clothing from the 19th century, I knew this to be incorrect. And so, I bought it. First, the silhouette of the dress is a very classic 1860s style – dropped …

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