Photograph as Fashion Plate: The Case of ANOTHER Unknown Woman

I have long given up on my original photographic quest.  I will measure my Minor Family Album success not on how many faces I  identify and claim as family, but by how much  I have learned about dating old photographs and--perhaps more importantly--about converting a family heirloom into a historical artifact. So I was not dismayed when I turned … Continue reading Photograph as Fashion Plate: The Case of ANOTHER Unknown Woman

Reassembling the Past

Cousinly Review Prompts a Re-view (updated 27 August 2014)Shortly after posting this piece, I received an email from reader and cousin, Linda Bell. My colleague strongly suspected that the face was familiar, not just family-like, as if she had seen the photograph before.  Perhaps, Linda suggested, this face appears in Bates' History of Greene County, Pennsylvania (©1888) … Continue reading Reassembling the Past