Victorian Death (and Afterlife) Photography

The Victorians preoccupation with death and their enthusiasm for the paranormal puzzle us today. Perhaps earlier eras were focused on survival and had little leisure to be widely interested in things like séances, ectoplasms, and spirit photography. Later generations were certainly too skeptical. But at the turn of the century, everything seemed possible. If people could ride … More Victorian Death (and Afterlife) Photography

A Small Unsolved Mystery in an Undated Photograph

I really like this photo, from a small antique shop in Santa Cruz, California. It’s labeled Libby and Grace. It’s difficult to tell much about when and where the photograph was taken. The girls’ hats, dresses, and shoes look like they are from the late 1910s, but they appear to be walking in a very modern-looking subdivision, complete with … More A Small Unsolved Mystery in an Undated Photograph