Romanian women in Sunday dress

This photograph was in a collection of materials dating to the years just before, during and after the First World War.  Printed on plain paper larger than a postcard, my guess would be that it was taken after the war.  On the back is a brief inscription in German: "Rumän. Bäuerinnen i. Sonntagsgewand" (Romanian countrywomen... Continue Reading →

Three dapper fellows in Wellington, New Zealand

This portrait is the first one on the blog from New Zealand.  (There isn't one yet from Australia.)  The three chaps aren't identified, unfortunately.  The cabinet card was made at the studio of Wrigglesworth & Binns in Wellington.  James Dacie Wrigglesworth (1836-1906) and Frederick Charles Binns (1844-1915) also maintained studios in Christchurch and Dunedin.  ... Continue Reading →

Two Russian friends in white

This portrait of two friends was probably made in late imperial Russia (1910-1917).  The only thing written on the back is a pair of names, which look to me like Tyosha and Marusya (Tеща и Маруся).  I'm not sure about the name Tyosha, as I haven't encountered it before:   The girls are both dressed... Continue Reading →

Young men in Vermont in the final December of the Civil War (1864)

One hundred and fifty-four years ago this week, seven friends sat for a portrait at Nathaniel L. Merrill's Photographic Gallery in Springfield, Vermont. They look young enough to be in high school, or perhaps recent graduates.  The carte-de-visite photo has a revenue stamp on the back, affixed and cancelled by the photographer on December 22,... Continue Reading →

Road trip #2 (UK)

This small snapshot came from England, but with no information about who's in it or where it was taken. Notice the can of Shell gas on the running board below.  These gals were prepared.   The camper (called a caravan in the UK) is a Car Cruiser model from the 1920s.  You can see a... Continue Reading →

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