Who Were They?

Lost and forgotten photos from the past

Today’s photograph is of Uncle Edmund Tomkins, either from America or who went to America. Uncle Edmund is sporting a rather wispy beard and mustache that makes me think there is an unfortunate scratch or blemish on the surface of the image. He must have been proud of it to wear it for his photograph, …

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This distinguished gentleman was identified, to a degree. The person who wrote his name did not have the best penmanship. Is his name Tom King? Tomkins? What do you all think? He has a fine beard, neat coat and tie,¬†high forehead and deep eyes. In this same batch of photographs is someone with the last …

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  This type of mustache is what I would term a “walrus” in that it covers the upper lip in a healthy fashion and extends past the sides of the lips a bit. Other than the generous ‘stache, this fellow has close cropped hair and a receding hairline giving him quite a lot of forehead. …

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  This gentleman is showing off some fine, white side burns, while leaving the area around his mouth clean shaven. It may be an illusion, but it looks a bit like his hair comes off his forehead in a “kewpie doll” style. Do you see that too? The photograph can be dated to the 1890s, …

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This photograph from the Mearns Family Album is unidentified, but comes from the area of our previous photo. As Iggy pointed out, Columbia City and Fort Wayne are close by to each other. My guess is this is a relation to the lady yesterday, probably her husband? He has an unfortunate combover but quite an …

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According to one of my more favorite blogs Century of the Beard (dedicated to 19th century facial hair photographs and those who love them), this beard is called a “chin curtain.” Sounds good to me! This man from the Mearns Family Album is not identified. He appears to be younger middle age, perhaps late 30s, …

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