Moderator Control Panel ]

Very old lady; guess a date of birth?

Have you got problems identifying people or buildings in a photograph? Share your photo queries with other users

Very old lady; guess a date of birth?

Postby loiseau22 » Wed Dec 05, 2018 5:33 pm

I came across this image years ago in an old photograph album of my late grandfather, so I am pretty sure it must be of one of his (and, therefore, of my) ancestors. This photo is a copy I had made decades ago, and the album has since been lost or destroyed (grrrr), so I can't return to the original to tell you what the actual paper looked like. I am sure there would not have been anything written on the back though, as my sister and I checked all that sort of thing at the time.

The subject is a very old lady, in what I take to be 1880s clothing (though I may be wrong on that). The strange thing is that it appears to be a snapshot, rather than something taken in a studio.
I know professional photographers might have used potted palms etc, but this shows less picturesque elements of wall etc, so seems a lot less formal.
I understand that box cameras for use by amateurs only came into being in the US in the 1880s, so this pic taken (I am pretty sure) in the UK must be from well after that.

So my questions are:
- what date might it have been taken?
and, from that info,
- could we guess the date of birth of the old lady (which might help me identify her)?

Many thanks in advance.
Attachments
Very old lady from Bagshaw album.jpg
Very old lady from Bagshaw album.jpg (159.4 KiB) Viewed 1317 times
loiseau22
 
Posts: 61
Joined: Tue Dec 07, 2010 2:27 am
Location: London, UK

Re: Very old lady; guess a date of birth?

Postby loiseau22 » Fri Dec 07, 2018 5:58 pm

I have found a fairly likely candidate on my tree; Mary Story, born 1835 and died 1915.

If she was photographed in, say, 1910 it could well have been in a home snapshot, like the above. And at that time she could have been 75 and therefore looking pretty old.

I am thinking now that she could be the same woman as this second photo, who I already believe to be Mary Story.
Attachments
8B8D7B82-B28F-4624-A898-73F403F79166.jpeg
8B8D7B82-B28F-4624-A898-73F403F79166.jpeg (1.02 MiB) Viewed 1237 times
loiseau22
 
Posts: 61
Joined: Tue Dec 07, 2010 2:27 am
Location: London, UK

Re: Very old lady; guess a date of birth?

Postby Amazinggrace » Fri Dec 07, 2018 8:47 pm

I agree,looks like thesame person to me. Especially the nose.
Grace
Amazinggrace
 
Posts: 308
Joined: Sat Nov 19, 2016 1:45 pm

Re: Very old lady; guess a date of birth?

Postby loiseau22 » Sat Dec 08, 2018 1:54 am

...and the lips, and the deep-set eyes, don't you think?
loiseau22
 
Posts: 61
Joined: Tue Dec 07, 2010 2:27 am
Location: London, UK


Return to Photo identification


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 0 guests