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 →

Light in the darkness (WWI)

This postcard came to me from a dealer in Pennsylvania who specializes in photographs from Russia and Eastern Europe. He said the photo was Russian, which made sense. The only woman in the photo is wearing what appears to be a Russian nurse's outfit from the First World War. But who were the men, and... Continue Reading →

Sisters by Ellen Björklund

This late cabinet card (1900-1915) came to me from Finland.  The only information on it is a stamp on the front with the name Ellen Björklund:   I haven't found any information about Ellen Björklund online, or even another photo by her, which is surprising.  I wondered if her studio might have been in Sweden,... Continue Reading →

A book which still reverberates

I found this cabinet card portrait for sale on eBay in England (Northamptonshire) in January of this year.  Books are common props in 19th-century studio portraits, but titles are usually too blurry to read, even after scanning them at high resolution.  In this case, the book is large enough that the title is easily readable... Continue Reading →

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