Finding the Story Behind an Old Photo of a Man in Military Uniform

Finding the Story Behind an Old Photo of a Man in Military Uniform

Lost to time is the name of this man wearing a 19th-century military uniform and why he sat for this studio portrait. A picture like this, with carefully placed props, was taken with a particular purpose in mind. To tell a particular story. The photo comes from the Caton family...Read more
Readers Respond: Mistaken Identity

Readers Respond: Mistaken Identity

Thank you for all your responses to last week’s column on Mistaken Identity. There are a lot of sharp eyed family photo detectives out there. I asked you to compare these two men and give me your opinion. You did! You were right.  They are NOT the same man.  Here’s...Read more
More Clues in an Old Wedding Photo

More Clues in an Old Wedding Photo

Here they are again.  I’m enamored of this photo.  It’s a layered puzzle with many clues. In the first column I examined the clothing details and asked for additional information. In the second, we considered the other couples in the family that married in the 1880s. William Davis supplied background...Read more
How to Identify the Right Couple in an Old Wedding Photo

How to Identify the Right Couple in an Old Wedding Photo

In the recent post 3 Clues to Identify Family in Old Wedding Photos, I asked a series of questions relating to this image belonging to William Davis:  This week, I’m back with more information. The clothing clues in this picture, including the woman’s front-pleated skirt and  her bodice, all date...Read more
Old Wedding Photos Revisted

Old Wedding Photos Revisted

In 3 Clues to Identify Family in Old Wedding Photos, I asked a series of questions relating to this image. This week I’m back with more information. The clothing clues in this picture owned by William Davis date the picture to the 1880s. The front pleated skirt and the bodice...Read more