A photo can share some information about people including what they looked like. Most photos were taken on happy occasions when people were enjoying themselves. I find it interesting that in many photos, no one is smiling. I suppose that was not the practice in the 1800s. It does help when those in the photos don't look like they're frowning though.
Below are a couple of my favorite photos. I only wish that I had a true copy of the original for the second photo.
|4 of Jack and Minnie Flanagan's Children - Circa 1913-1914 Carneros, Napa, CA|
|Katie Duffy and Ellen McLaughlin - A.K.A. Catherine and Ellen Maxwell - Circa 1915 Walter Springs, CA|