Who Were They?

Lost and forgotten photos from the past

From time to time, I am asked by people to help identify photographs, even by finding a general date range. I am happy to do this when possible, although I cannot stress enough that I am not an expert and am simply sharing my general knowledge based on the research I do for this site. …

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A page in our little album that does not feature its residents to their best portrayals, unfortunately. The tiny gem tintypes have shifted in their placeholders and threaten to hide some of the better elements on them. I do wish we could see more of this image, or even more of the dress worn, because …

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This image from the Liberty Bell album is a post 1900 image, but not that far from the turn of the century. The dress style features the high neck and pleated blouse that was very popular from about 1900-1905. The hairstyle is the “Gibson Girl” style with a flower and/or hair fork in the back. …

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A. B. Cross Photo, Salem MA Alva Pearsall Photographer, Brooklyn, NY Turner, Boston MA L. W. Cook, Boston, MA Glines, The Fotografer, Boston MA G. A. Underwood, Worcester, MA These are a selection of unidentified photographs in my collection. They do look like the faces of a ship’s crew to some degree. The two fellows …

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Three beautiful little girls pose for their photograph by an unknown photographer in an unknown location. We are lucky that someone identified them as Mary, Belle & Kate, children of Emma Rudd McGinnis. ┬áIggy found that Emma Kate Rudd McGinnis was the daughter of William Mann Rudd. You can view Emma’s photograph in my first …

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Sepia Saturday this week encourages us to look at women, and although I don’t have a photo of women talking on the phone, operating office machines or other possible directions the prompt could go, I do have some women from a recent purchase that I am ready to explore. These three photos have rather odd …

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The latest entry from the Leaf Album and all I can say is wow. That fur is really disreputable; I can’t imagine what the photographer thought this would say in an artistic sense about his young female subject. Her dress is quite statement enough, in my opinion. The sleeves aren’t as large or prominent as …

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