Who Were They?

Lost and forgotten photos from the past

This sweet little photograph shows a girl in repose, resting her head on her hand as though she is thinking deep thoughts. As I often do, I wonder what color her dress was. I am currently working on a dress for my daughter that is teal silk with raspberry ribbon trim, and so I am …

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I like this photo for the details of the clothing (no surprise there, right?). This girl is in a plaid dress that features dropped shoulder seams, long cuffed sleeves, a gathered bodice and a skirt over hoop with growth tucks. She has just a frill of lace on her neckline. Note that you see no …

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As we continue through the Liberty Bell album it appears the family and/or friends must have been located in the Massachusetts and New Hampshire area. Today we look at a sullen looking boy in skirts, so under the age of 5, and likely under the age of 4. He is probably upset because he is …

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  On a Victorian cabinet card it is unusual to see a smile because of the long set up and exposure time of the photographic technology available. This photograph however shows a young girl with a funny, pudgy face and a tiny smile. And maybe crossed eyes. She is dressed in some type of jumper …

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  Again in the same hand, we have two CdVs identified as Florence Gardner. She was a lovely child, obviously well loved to have had two photographs taken of her at such a young age. I’d guess the vintage of these photos is approximately 1885-1890, due to the clothing style in the photo on the …

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I wasn’t joking when I suggested we are looking at serious cuteness. The dress this boy is wearing is incredible.  It has a pleated velvet skirt, velvet vest type bodice with a lace front and a large satin sash tied in a bow at the waist, then a velvet jacket on top of it all. …

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