Who Were They?

Lost and forgotten photos from the past

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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This little snapshot shows an Army man and a woman. The hairstyle on the woman looks more motherly than wife-like, but since there was no information on the photo I can’t say for sure how these two are related. The back of the photo was stamped “Cunningham Studio, Gainsville, TX, February 24, 1946.”

Here’s another child with light eyes, although this photo is more questionable. The baby looks as though it could be laying there peacefully, or it could be resting peacefully, if you catch my meaning. I’m less sure about this one, but I am leaning toward this having been a live shot, not a mori shot. …

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   I picked up this CdV because of the child’s eyes. They are quite haunting…and a little creepy. Click the photo to enlarge it. I wondered if this might be an example of a photographer having painted eyes onto the photo plate of a memento mori photo. The shop was closing, I had to go, …

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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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