Who Were They?

Lost and forgotten photos from the past

This later 19th century photograph, a CDV, once showed a pretty child, posed upon a chair, with round baby face youth looking out at her parents. Today, we know she was there, but over time the image has faded to a grainy suggestion of its former glory. I don’t know enough about vintage photographic processes …

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Do you think that Uncle Taylor was from Sheffield, or his last name was Sheffield? He bears a strong resemblance to Tomkins/Tom King, and I wonder if they were related somehow. Uncle Taylor wore a nice three piece suit for his photograph and a bow tie. I notice that although his beard is quite full, his …

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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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Today let’s take a quick look at this young fellow. He is aged approximately 8 years old and was named James. You can just see it in pencil, written below the oval. It is a shame that whoever wrote that didn’t include his surname. There also is not a photographer’s backmark, and while it was …

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