Who Were They?

Lost and forgotten photos from the past

Sorry for my absence, I hadn’t realized it had been so long since I posted last! Yikes, it is funny how time gets away from us so quickly. Today, let’s look at these two young women. I have heard recently that the early photographic techniques tended to add age to the faces of the subjects …

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Today’s image reminds me of a country song, “she used to tie her hair up in ribbons and bows, sign her letters with x’s and o’s.” The young ladies here have put on their Sunday best to have their images struck. This beauty has her hair dressed and covered with a hair net, I believe. …

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It can be frustrating as a collector of photographs and antique albums to find that images have gone askew and crooked over the years. I hesitate to touch them as I don’t want to damage the delicate surfaces of tintypes or CDVs. I don’t want to take images out of their photo sleeves unless they …

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We are just over half way through this album and I’m quite enjoying it! Do you like when I provide links at the end of the article? That’s a new thing I’m trying out and hopefully I’ll be able to add a little extra every once in a while to further spur your curiosity. There …

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These two women have similarly styled dresses, which leads me to believe they may be sisters or another close relative. Here we see a dress that looks to have been made of velvet or other napped fabric. The bodice is embellished with trims and buttons, many details to look at here. Her hair is dressed …

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There is no telling who put these photos into the album and what their thinking was at the time. Did they organize the photos to show relationships or friendships? Were they just putting them in to get a handle on all the tiny photos? Who knows. These two women look like polar opposites, if you …

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In an unidentified album I sometimes give the photo subjects names, just for my own entertainment. I name the women traditional names, like Susana and Jane, Martha and Mary. Men I have fun with because men’s traditional names are so very different from our modern names. Herman, Harold, Josephus, Isaiah, Eustace….all great, traditional names. All …

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