Who Were They?

Lost and forgotten photos from the past

This beautiful wedding photograph is of Anastesia Czech, who may have married her cousin, or may have been first cousin to the¬† original owner of the photo. Her husband was Paul P. Kroll and they married in 1917 when she was 19 years old. They had 7 children, all of whom have passed away. However, …

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Today we feature an anonymous photograph on a cabinet card of a young girl, maybe aged 10-13. Note the incredibly lovely dead ivy adorning the stand. Nice. It’s rather surprising actually, because Hartley was a prolific photographer in the later 19th century. Edward F. Hartley (aka E. F. Hartley or E. Hartley) occupied 309 Madison, …

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For a proud Sepia Saturday submission, I give you a Civil War era picnic photograph. Photographs during the Civil War were famously perpetrated by the great Matthew Brady and his staff, though this doesn’t look like their work. There are three women and one little girl. Interesting that the woman in the apron – usually …

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