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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In the early 20th century, a variety of new and updated techniques to enhance photographs became popular. In this instance we see two – a decorative embossing on the bristol board and a nonstandard shaped photograph. Usually, photos were rectangular or oval, sometimes circular. I have seen other diamond shaped photos and I am certain …

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I always wonder at the thinking of a photographer putting a child in such a precarious location for a photograph. Were the parents at all concerned? Was this something that even crossed the Victorian & Edwardian minds of parents at the turn of the 19th to 20th century? This little fellow looks as thought he …

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  I recognize these three boys from the previous photograph of the Colter family shown recently. I believe this to be Bert, Ed and Fred. Note the backdrop, straw mat, and faux tree look like the same ones used in the linked photo, and also the same as in the photo of the McGinnis girls. …

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Well, sometimes the prompt for Sepia Saturday sends me in different directions than the actual subject matter of the prompt. Such is the case this week, when the prompt shows a baby elephant and some children. However, this got me thinking circus, carnival, zoo, etc. When I came across this feature from Life Magazine on …

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Today we start the brief odyssey of the “Green Fan Album.” The Green Fan Album is the cabinet album in green linen with the fan decoration on the front. There are only 22 photos in the album and the promise of the wedding photograph proved too enticing to pass up for long. As I worked …

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