Who Were They?

Lost and forgotten photos from the past

Up for your perusal today is a lovely young couple from Devon who sat for their photograph in the late 1860s or even early 1870s. I think. I’m basing my assessment on the woman’s clothing as usual, and her dress seems to show a skirt that is elliptical, possibly trending toward the early bustle period, …

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This lovely couple was photographed by the Dolph Brothers studio in Erie, PA. The photo dates to the 1860s based on several factors, including the woman’s dress style, the border style and the squared corners on the card. I’m going to take you through my thought process on how I’m refining the date of this image. …

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This Sepia Saturday shows the HMAS Albatross during construction in 1928. The challenge, however is to find photos showing new beginnings. When I think of new beginnings, I think of new homes, babies, weddings, starting school, and the cycles of life illustrated through our seasons of planting, budding, growing, and harvesting. Just recently I stopped …

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I just hate it love it when I go to an antique shop that obviously doesn’t care lovingly curates their photographic items for sale. In particular, one of my favorite shops has a stall where people can paw through carelessly spend hours thoughtfully sifting in the crummy cardboard boxes holding piles and piles of photos getting …

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Here for your perusal is the wedding photo of Mrs. Nelia Hall and presumably Mr. Hall. I find it interesting that Mr. Hall was left unnamed for the ages to forget. Unfortunately without his name, it becomes terribly difficult to figure out just who she is. You wouldn’t think that “Nelia” was a popular name, …

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Our great friend Iggy discovered that Francis Guisinger and her sister Vonnie both married VonKaenels. Could this be the wedding portrait for one of those weddings? The bride is lovely with a beautiful white wedding dress and full veil, elbow gloves and pearls. She cradles her bouquet in such a way as to show off …

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I giggle a little every time I look at this cabinet card, because the couple looks so stiff and uncomfortable, like it’s the first time they ever met. But noting that they both are wearing a flower corsage, I really suspect this is their wedding photo. Maybe an arranged marriage? Oh my. The photographer was …

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