Who Were They?

Lost and forgotten photos from the past

Just a few days ago, I noticed a spike in traffic coming from reddit, so I’d like to say “hello” to all the folks finding their way here from there. I gathered that the reason people were coming here was due to a link in a discussion about 19th century beards. I have long stated …

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This CDV dated to the 1860s looks like a photograph of a painting or other type of illustration. That was popular for photographers to generate income in addition to their stock in trade. Photographs of famous figures, such as George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, could be purchased at the same studio where an individual might …

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I do so love this photo! The carefully coiffed hair, the mustache, the slightly crooked bow tie, and the oversized overcoat all come together for a terrific image of a dandy fellow. The image appears to have been made in the late 1890s or very early 1900s, based on the card type, image size and …

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From the early 1900s we have a photograph of a nice looking lady with quite a collar! The dress looks to be black or dark fabric of some kind, possibly silk or wool gaberdine for example, and my guess is that the collar coordinated in color. It was probably very striking in person. Also interesting …

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Here’s another child with light eyes, although this photo is more questionable. The baby looks as though it could be laying there peacefully, or it could be resting peacefully, if you catch my meaning. I’m less sure about this one, but I am leaning toward this having been a live shot, not a mori shot. …

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