Who Were They?

Lost and forgotten photos from the past

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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I just hate it love it when I go to an antique shop that obviously doesn’t care lovingly curates their photographic items for sale. In particular, one of my favorite shops has a stall where people can paw through carelessly spend hours thoughtfully sifting in the crummy cardboard¬†boxes holding piles and piles of photos getting …

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  This pretty image is approximately 7×9 or so, with the image centered on bristol board. The style of clothing worn by this pretty girl makes me wonder if this is a reprint, as the dress and hairstyle look to be from the mid 19th century, or possibly a bit later, maybe the 1870s. I …

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I find this photo to be quite unusual, in that the couple has some clothing that is different from what we consider the “norm” in antique photos. The lady looks world weary, doesn’t she? The poor thing looks beat down, really, maybe from child rearing or illness, who knows. Her dress hangs like a bag …

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Today’s photo from the Leather CdV Album is a fine image of a young man posed quite attractively, presumably so he could impress the ladies he visited and thereby left his visiting card. The square corners of the card indicate the 1860s but this is mid to late century (my guesstimate) due to the entire …

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¬† This CdV is of an attractive couple posed in such a way that we see 3/4 of each of their faces. The dress leads me to believe this is from the 1870s. It reminds me very much of the early Natural Form era. There is no bustle to be seen, no flounces behind her, …

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