Who Were They?

Lost and forgotten photos from the past

  This unidentified couple from sat for Robert L. Henderson of Bellaire, OH. My mother tells me that the city is pronounced “Buh-lair” by locals. I found a book entitled Centennial History of Belmont County, OH, published in 1901, which referenced Mr Henderson. He was born in Bellaire, in 1869 to father Robert and mother …

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I find this photo to be quite unusual, in that the couple has some clothing that is different from what we consider the “norm” in antique photos. The lady looks world weary, doesn’t she? The poor thing looks beat down, really, maybe from child rearing or illness, who knows. Her dress hangs like a bag …

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