Who Were They?

Lost and forgotten photos from the past

This carte de visite photograph carries no back mark or other identifying information, leaving the handsome soul to be lost to the ages as unknown. I am guessing at the decade 1880s for the vintage of the image but I could be off by 10 years or more. I really don’t know much about men’s …

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This photo shows what some call an “transition era” dress. It has the dropped shoulder seams of the 1860s, but the apron and drape of the 1870s. It’s an excellent example of the transition away from the cage (hoop skirt) and toward the bustle. The photo mount has rounded corners, putting it in the 1870s, …

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