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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  Today’s photo is a 20th century homage to femininity. In the golden age of Hollywood (1930s or so) the back lit photograph was the premier style of image for women, the “Glamour Shots” of their day. This particular image seems soft and lovely, while having a bit of a risquĂ© sense, what with her …

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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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