Who Were They?

Lost and forgotten photos from the past

I have previously described some of the fellows in the Liberty Bell album as dandy and fashionable, but this dude, well he takes the cake! Just look at the striped suit and vest and bow tie, with a lapel pin and the high collar, the carefully parted and waved hair……it’s just too much! He must …

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This week’s Sepia Saturday suggests newspapers and such, but I’m going for the headlines. Specifically, someone who made headlines: Lillian Russell. Lillian Russell (12-4-1860 to 6-6-1922) was an American stage actress and singer of operettas, well known throughout America and Europe. During her heyday, she frequently starred in Gilbert & Sullivan comic operas. With roots …

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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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One of the sad aspects of my hobby is that I find so many photographs of babies, couples, families etc., all unidentified. They wind up on ebay, in antique shops, and otherwise available for sale as “vintage ephemera.” It really is sad, when you think about how early photography was not just a simple “point …

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I believe this to be a lovely photograph of Rosalia Rudd Colter, who was featured recently with her children. Rose / Rosa / Rosalia was the daughter of William Mann Rudd and Catherine Eliza Rudd. This photo is similar to the previous family portrait in her clothing and hair styling, although her dress and hair …

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   I particularly love this photo of a young girl taken during the 1860s. At first blush, it gives the impression that she doesn’t have much – her skirt and blouse do not match, the skirt drags on the ground on one side and is high on the other, little details. But, after I scanned …

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     This photo has caused quite a lot of consternation for me. At first blush I took this to be an 1860s photo based on the square corners and size of the image (quarter sized in the center of the mount). The card borders are also consistent with those in use mid-1860s. BUT! The hair …

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