Who Were They?

Lost and forgotten photos from the past

  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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   Being inquisitive may have brought you here, wondering “who were they?” of some old photos in your collection. Well today, we can answer the question of this photo, to some extent. Someone helpfully identified the subject as Damares Day or Dom Day Shimplon or Shimflor or…something. Thinking the name Damares is fairly unusual, I searched …

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This is the final image from the Red Velvet album, and depicts a woman in early middle age. She looks a bit tired, but cleaned herself up for the sitting. It is unusual that she is quite over weight. While people certainly had the ability to become obese in the 19th century, it wasn’t as …

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   On a recent cruise through the Down Home Antiques shop in Orange, CA, I came across some wonderful Civil War era CdVs. Because of their worn condition, some of them were pretty inexpensive (for California) so I happily took them home. First is a man I think of as a distinguished ancestor of…someone. He …

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