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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This is a CDV from the 1860s. We can tell by the card mount details – square corners and the “thin line/thick line” borders. These were popular in the first decade of CDV portraiture. I believe it might be from the second half of the decade due to the image using the full size of …

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This is another wonderful image from the San Diego photo buying extravaganza a few months back, and I’m sure you can guess why I picked it up. It’s funny, we were in a warehouse sized antique mall, stalls all over the place, but the photographs were the most busy section. I got there first and …

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Do you think that Uncle Taylor was from Sheffield, or his last name was Sheffield? He bears a strong resemblance to¬†Tomkins/Tom King, and I wonder if they were related somehow. Uncle Taylor wore a nice three piece suit for his photograph and a bow tie. I notice that although his beard is quite full, his …

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This distinguished gentleman was identified, to a degree. The person who wrote his name did not have the best penmanship. Is his name Tom King? Tomkins? What do you all think? He has a fine beard, neat coat and tie,¬†high forehead and deep eyes. In this same batch of photographs is someone with the last …

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