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Adalbert is a forum for me, to post ephemera, photography, poetry, occasional travel notes, and various spontaneous motions. Cover photo: Parsonage where my great-grandfather spent his early years. Taken near Liegnitz, Silesia, ca. 1870.


Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Champollion Dynamite

This picture postcard and the photograph came from ancestral sources. I do not know if the people in them are friends of ancestors or actual relatives, or both. The Rosetta Stones which could have decrypted the images are not available. It's always a good idea to label your photographs, or include some kind of note with an explanation at least.

Is it just me, or is there something ambiguous in the photo on the postcard? More than likely it was taken in Missouri. The photo of the young man and woman, possibly also from Missouri, looks particularly old -- it looks to be from the Civil War period or from a little later in the nineteenth century.


  1. photo #1: Judging by their noses at least two of the four are from the same gene pool. The lady at the right has a cryptic look.

    photo #2: If this is a civil war era photo then the lady has a rather modern hair doe, I haven't seen it before on old photographs. On the other hand, she does remind me of Claudia Cardinale in Once Upon a Time in the West.

  2. Thanks for your ideas -- I hadn't thought about the lady's hairstyle. I saw Once Upon a Time in the West a good many years ago, need to see it again.