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Friday’s Lost and Found Photos!


Today I have four Civil War era lost and found photos for you.  The first is a beautiful photo of a middle-aged woman.  Although her dress is rather somber, her checkered wrap adds a bit of flair!  Her bonnet is rather unusual – it is hard to see exactly whether it is ruffled, feathered or lacy.  Although there is no name listed on the back of the photo, it was taken by F. Gutekunst, 706 Arch Street, Philadelphia.


This next photo is an old tintype – it even has bits of blush on the cheeks of the man and the woman!  I would date this photo to about 1859 – due to the sleeves on the woman’s dress.  My family tintypes from this period are very similar – with the same blushed cheeks!


The next two photos are, I believe, of a mother and daughter.  In the photo above, the mother, J. M. Dunlop, had this photo taken on September 18, 1866, at Southwell Brothers, Photographers Royal, 16 & 22 Baker Street, London.  Hm, didn’t the famous detective Sherlock Holmes reside on Baker Street?  Notice the mourning watch chain – necklace – the woman is wearing – popular during and after the Civil War.


The daughter, Lizzie Dunlop, had her picture taken in October, 1865, at Mr. Henry Mullins Photography, 230 Regent Street, London.  It says on the back of the photo Mr. Mullins received the prize medal for portraits at the 1862 International Exhibition held in London – Prince Albert, consort of Queen Victoria is noted for organizing the exhibition.  Miss Lizzie has a most beautiful dress – and is quite a beauty in it!  I wonder if she perhaps found a husband while in London – or perhaps she and her mother were English and it was their home.  It’s hard to know for sure about the lives of people in these old photographs – sometimes conjecture will just have to do!

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  1. Wonderful photos. The top one I love. Her dress is beautiful as well as the entire picture. I do notice, the floor almost looks like it has tile on it.

    • There is something special about each old photo! I think what I find most interesting is this could be the ONLY photo of that person – perhaps they had the opportunity only once! Today we have an overabundance of photos of every person we know! How special only one or two photos taken during a lifetime must have been for the family members. You know they were held and looked at many times – cherished! I have a hard time passing up an old photo in an antique shop!

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