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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Before I gave you all those wonderful Christmas cards, I teased you about a tintype that would make you say “awww.” Well, two months later, I hope you didn’t hold your breath, but here it finally is! This baby was photographed by T. M. Saurman, as were several previous portraits (to view them click on …

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Today we have a sweet little baby in a bonnet. While we retrospectively think these bonnets are cute and were for show, they served a very practical purpose of keeping the baby’s head warm. Even today, there are caps, knitted beanies and all sorts of cute adornments for an infant’s head. The infant mortality rate …

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Jumping into the 20th century, here we have a gorgeous little girl in her finery. The dress looks almost sheer and the ribbons from her bonnet are so large they look a bit like a kimono sleeve. The dress bodice is quite frilled with wide ruffles at the shoulders. Not to be outdone by her …

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This photo was photographed by M. Frank Miller, who provided the previous image of our Little Lord Fauntleroy. This child is wearing a lovely, long dress. It is interesting to note that the photograph seems to have an oval shape, much like a frame or album opening, right in the middle of the dress – …

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