Saturday, February 23, 2013

Sepia Saturday - Unknown Family Trio

Unknown Family Groups
A Sepia Saturday suggestion

There are lots of family portraits in the LOST GALLERY. Just for this page, let's look at professional portraits of just three people: TRIOS

I have an idea you'll find that interesting.

Trio with Housecoats

See what I mean?

Mother and two daughters

cabinet card Family in studio
Another chair, Mom, Dad and Child
Mom pop and kid

Mom and two kids
Mom and two.
woman and twins

Three children
Three children and rattan chair
Francis Preston, none of our family

CDV Man Woman Child
Mom, Dad and Sis
And Baby makes three

Oh dad, poor dad.
Three Men
Two girls with bows

Three sisters and a book
three ladies Cabinet Card

Three boys
Yes, these certainly are brothers.
For once, mother was wrong. The boys never did grow into their clothes.
Three boys

Clyde, Ward and Lottie Harris
You want me to WHAT?
You want me to WHAT?

Faded Trio
Sue Vanderwalt of Fort Worth, Texas
"Fools names are like these faces
Always seen in public places.
Oct 13th 1904"
Three sisters and a book

Trio in cut out
Three in the yard
Cabinet Card trio

The Madams Family

And again leaving my favorite to the last, I have been calling this one the "MADams Family". This trio just looks very unhappy about something. They seem to fit right into the current zombie craze.

Or maybe you'd prefer just a list of all (well, most) of the categories and subjects and album pages in LOST GALLERY! Well, here it is!

A to C

Advance to the Rear The Rear View
Aircraft – Biplanes
Aircraft – Connie, the Lockheed Constellation
Aliens and Mystery – Area Fifty-One and a Half
Animals – Gone to the Chickens
Animals – The Pets by themselves
Animals – Posing on a Pony
Area Fifty-One and a Half – Don’t Look Now
Automobiles – Car Bumpers
Automobiles – Car Running Boards
Baby Buggy
Beach – Itinerant Beach Photographer (page 01)
Beach – Itinerant Beach Photographer (page 02)
Beach – The Old Days
Beach – The Slide Show
Beach – The Girlfriend
Boys in Dresses
Bumpers – Car Bumpers
Cabinet Cards
Camera – Photographs containing a camera
C'est la Guerre – Photographs about the wars
Chain Chain Chain – People doing the same things
Chair, Fringed
Chair, One Armed
Chickens - Gone to the Chickens
Children – Boys in Dresses
Children – A Child on the Front Steps
Children - Girls and their Dolls
Children – Kid in a Tub
Children – Mobile Toys
Children - On Running Boards
Children – Slide Show
Children – Trios - In groups of Three
Christmas – in found photographs
Cities – Unknown Street Scenes
Class Pictures – School Days!
Clothing – Bows
Clothing – Costumes
Clothing – Cowboy Outfits
Clothing – Boys in Dresses
Clothing – Furs – The Dead Animal Society
Clothing – Grass Skirts
Clothing – Hats
Clothing – Jodhpurs
Clothing – Saddle Shoes
Clothing – Sailor Tailored Fashion
Clothing – Swimwear – At the Beach
Clothing – Uniforms – Girl & her Guy in Uniform
Clothing – Uniforms - Our Man at the Front
Connie, the Lockheed Constellation
Couples – A Girl and her Guy in Uniform
Fake Fight

C to P

Fringed Chair
Furniture and Props – One Armed Chair
Furniture and Props – Props and Backdrops
Furniture and Props – The Fringed Chair
Furniture and Props – Wicker
Girl in a Boat
Girlfriend and the Car
Girlfriend at the beach
Goat Cart
Gone to the Chickens – Snaps including a chicken
Grass Skirt Gallery
Groups – Chain Chain Chain – People lined up
Groups – Class Pictures
Hats – Where everyone is wearing a hat
Hats – Really Big hats
Homes – We Call it Home
House – Our House
Itinerant Street Photographer
Itinerant Photographer With PONY!
Laundry – People and Clothes Lines
Music – Trombones
Music Makers
Novelty Photo Booth – Collection
Novelty Photo Booth – Examination
The Office Typewriters and business
On a Bumper
On a Car
On a Rock
On a Running Board
One-Armed Chair
Parade – Parties, Parades and Picnics
Parties – Parties, Parades and Picnics
People Stacks
Personal Pinups – the best girl. (Page One)
Personal Pinups – the best girl. (Page Two)
Personal Pinups – Girlfriend at the beach
Pets – The animals by themselves
Photo Mask
PhotoBombing – Pranks to ruin a photo
Photography – Photographs containing a camera
Photography – The Photo Mask
Photography – Tinted Photograph
Photography – Polaroids
Photography Errors – Lurker
Photography Errors – photographer's Shadow
Photography Errors – The Double Exposure
Photography Errors – Unauthorized Photographs
Picnics – Parties, Parades and Picnics
Places to Go - More about where than who.
Places – Our House - With people in front
Places – We Call it Home - More houses
Pony – Posing on a Pony

P to W

Poses – Advance to the Rear!
Poses - Belly Down, Heads Up! (A really odd pose.)
Poses – Cheesecake
Poses – Fake Fight
Poses – Girl in a Boat
Poses – In a Tree
Poses – Kid in a Tub
Poses – On a Bumper
Poses – On a Car
Poses – On a Pony
Poses – On a Running Board
Poses – Out Sitting on a Rock
Poses – People with Signs.
Poses – Personal Pinup
Poses – The Rear View
Poses – Sleeping people
Poses – Stacks of People People on People
Props and Backdrops
Rock – People out sitting on a rock
Running Boards - Automobiles
Running Boards with Children
Saddle Shoes
Sailor Tailored Clothing
Signs – People posing with signs.
Sleeping People
Sneaky Snaps–People not posing at all
Telephone - About telephones and operators
Things – Typewriter – A Modern Antique
Things – Telephones
Things – Watermelon in the picture
Tinted Photograph
Toys – Children and their Mobile Toys
Toys - Girls and their Dolls
Transportation – Aircraft
Transportation – Automobile Bumpers
Transportation – Automobile Running Boards
Transportation – Baby Buggy
Transportation – Biplanes
Transportation – Lockheed Constellation
Transportation – Wheelbarrow
Tree Thing
Types of Photographs – Cabinet Cards
Types of Photographs – CDV (Carte-de Viste)
Types of Photographs – Photobooth
Types of Photographs – Polaroids
Types of Photographs – Tintypes
Typewriter – A Modern Antique
Unauthorized Photographs – Sneaky snaps
Uniformed Man – Our Man at the Front
Vehicles – Biplane
Vehicles – Lockheed Constellation
Vehicles – Wheelbarrow
Washday Blues – Of Love and Laundry
Wicker Chairs
Wicker Furniture
World War One


  1. Wonderful collection of unidentified ancestors, at least someone's ancestors. Why, oh why couldn't people write names on the back? Of course, I'm just as guilty of the same thing today!
    Teresa Wilson Rogers

  2. Thank you Teresa Wilson Rogers. Yes indeed. So many times I have wished that there could be just a LITTLE bit more information on a photograph. But many of them just have no connection except what our imagination sees.

  3. That last photo is just plain scary!

  4. Great photos! I could spend a day looking through them. Trios do make a very pleasing grouping and in most of these shots, you can see the faces very clearly...not like the longer shot they used when there were more in the group.

  5. 2What a fine collection of unknowns. The huge ribbons in the hair of one of the three young girls grab your attention,

  6. There are some great photos there, each one almost worth a post in itself.

  7. These are all great! The mom with those twins that look just like her and the 3 worried kids on the bear are my favorites.

    Thanks for the awesome selection.

    Kathy M.

  8. An impressive array of threes, each one worthy of attention. Putting photos into good categories of type, year, genre, etc, must be like the way digital music is notated. I now have problems remembering which file I have stored where. I do not currently have a file labeled ZOMBIES.

  9. A nice collection, with some really outstanding and unusual photos.

  10. Thanks Mike Brubaker. I don’t have a file for Zombies either, but it’s a good idea. I do have a file called “What Is Going On Here?” where I place the scanned versions of photographs that ask that question. I use Flickr’s tag system to build categories. The actual photographs are in file folders by where and when I found them. I put all of the data, location and date, tags and any text involved in the EXIF file behind each scanned photograph.

    Thanks Postcardy. I am glad you like them. These old abandoned photograph deserve to be seen and appreciated.

  11. Thanks Kathy M. I like the mom and the twins also. She looks like such a happy person!

  12. Oh my you totally aced this assignment in more than triple! threes for them all- so many to study, as they all seem to have their own little story.

  13. Thanks for your visit Karen S. This was an easy one for me as I already have a category called trios.

    We who collect old, abandoned photographs know sadly, that we can't save them all. I tend to select those that speak to me, tell a story.

  14. I think you get the prize for the most unknowns .. this week, and possibly every week.

  15. Thanks for your visit, Brett Payne.

    I have been rescuing abandoned photographs a looong time. The categorization into subjects started several years ago.

  16. What a great idea - to categorize your photos. If I didn't spend so much time on Sepia Saturday, I might try to do that too!

    Great bunch of photos. I particularly like the first one, top right. That poor girl on the right is very, very sad. I hope she grew into her looks.

  17. Great collection. We could weave wonderful stories around some of these faces

  18. Thanks barbara and nancy I don’t think that girl had her heart in having a picture taken in her housecoat (bathrobe). Don’t you just wonder what was the reason behind that photograph? I let Flickr do all my cataloging with their tag system.

    Thanks Mike Burnett. I see the stories too. Sometimes I write up something. Most of the speak to me when I pick them up the first time.

  19. The first one got my attention - wondering why it was taken in those clothes.

  20. Thanks Kathy Morales. Yes, that is one of the first things I think about an abandoned photograph. What was the reason for the photograph. It's hard to think of one that explains the bath robes.

  21. An amazing collection of photographs. I liked them all but the one that caught my attention was the little boy in the second one, wearing that huge fancy bow tie - he does not look very happy.

  22. I so many of them the "eyes" have it. New category. Crazy eye pictures!

    I do love the last one of the surly folks. Oh to have heard the conversation before and after this shot was taken.

  23. Thanks ScotSue. Yes, he looks a bit uncomfortable. So often, in an old family portrait, you can tell that the child has been instructed to “Hold Still” and probably threatened with dire punishment if the picture is ruined with the fidgeting. I’d just be unhappy from having to wear those clothes, especially the tie.

  24. Thanks Tattered and Lost. You are right. The eyes do tell a story. So often in old studio portraits the pose is stiff and staring. With the very slow shutter needed to get a proper exposure back then, the photographer had to admonish the subjects to avoid blinking the eyes and or moving the mouth. The subject would usually react with an unnaturally clenched jaw and a wide-eyed stare.

    Yes! Crazy Eyes! I’ll have to look into that one. I think I have a few.



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