Who Were They?

Lost and forgotten photos from the past

A rather fashion forward choice for this young lady, the short hair was not common for most women as it is today. There could be several reasons why she cut her hair. Hair was cut when one suffered a high fever, in the hopes that removing the hair would help the patient cool off. It …

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Sorry for my absence, I hadn’t realized it had been so long since I posted last! Yikes, it is funny how time gets away from us so quickly. Today, let’s look at these two young women. I have heard recently that the early photographic techniques tended to add age to the faces of the subjects …

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These two women have similarly styled dresses, which leads me to believe they may be sisters or another close relative. Here we see a dress that looks to have been made of velvet or other napped fabric. The bodice is embellished with trims and buttons, many details to look at here. Her hair is dressed …

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Next up from the Liberty Bell album is this photograph from the 1890s showing a round-faced woman with quite a lot of lace and ruffles adorning her dress. Her hair is slicked down to her head with small curls around the hairline. These were called frisse I believe. From what I can see of the …

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This photo accompanied yesterday’s photo of Millard Fillmore, and you can see they were produced by the same photographer. However, this cabinet card is much longer than the standard, making it about 4.5″ by 8″. On the back is written “Alveda Fillmore” but this is the only reference I can find calling her Alveda. However …

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  This image occupies spot #10 in the Leather CdV Album and is directly next to the photo of Milton Hendrickson, making me wonder if this might be Laura Smouse Hendrickson. She is a truly lovely woman with fine grooming that shows her attention to detail in her appearance. Her hair is wrapped around the …

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This late 1890s dress is an example of the extreme puffed sleeves that were popular at the time. The sleeves were actually a two-part sleeve; there is a normal sized sleeve inside, then stuffing or padding of some type, then the outer puffed part that you see in the picture. They look dreadful to me, …

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