Who Were They?

Lost and forgotten photos from the past

A page in our little album that does not feature its residents to their best portrayals, unfortunately. The tiny gem tintypes have shifted in their placeholders and threaten to hide some of the better elements on them. I do wish we could see more of this image, or even more of the dress worn, because …

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This week’s Sepia Saturday suggests newspapers and such, but I’m going for the headlines. Specifically, someone who made headlines: Lillian Russell. Lillian Russell (12-4-1860 to 6-6-1922) was an American stage actress and singer of operettas, well known throughout America and Europe. During her heyday, she frequently starred in Gilbert & Sullivan comic operas. With roots …

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  This image occupies spot #10 in the Leather CdV Album and is directly next to the photo of Milton Hendrickson, making me wonder if this might be Laura Smouse Hendrickson. She is a truly lovely woman with fine grooming that shows her attention to detail in her appearance. Her hair is wrapped around the …

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Today we see a full portrait of a woman in a lovely 1890s gown. The sleeves are a bit poufed at the shoulders, the waist is small and the skirt flares over the hips to fall in an inverted U shape. She has some fancy jewelry at her throat and quite lovely ruffles on the …

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Directly to the right of our “bewildered” subject in the last post is this woman in her amazing bustle dress. This is definitely late bustle (1882-1889) because of the size and prominence of the bustle, plus the gorgeous drape with what looks like velvet trim on probably wool gaberdine or the equivalent. I picture this …

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The upcoming photos will feature women and their adornments such as their jewelry, hats and hair items. The CdV above is probably from 1885-1890. The clothing is somewhat ambiguous, although the sleeves are standard coat sleeves. The color of the card is a deep brown, which among the other dark colored cards (black, maroon, green) …

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