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Unknown woman & child

This image from the Willis photo archives shows a young woman and child - but the date it was taken, and who they are, remain a mystery.
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Unknown woman

This image from the Willis photo archives shows a young woman - but the date it was taken, and who she is, remains a mystery.
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Unknown woman

This image from the Willis photo archives shows a young woman - but the date it was taken, and who she is, remains a mystery.
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Unknown woman

This image from the Willis photo archives shows a young woman - but the date it was taken, and who she is, remains a mystery.
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Mystery Ambrotype sitter #1

This Ambrotype - an image printed on glass - was found among the effects of my late Uncle Fred, who passed away in 2015 at the age of 98. There are no marks on indicators as to who the sitter is, but my theory is it's a member of the Gurnsey family. Dating ambrotype photographs is fairly easy for genealogists. The ambrotype was only in popular production for about ten years - between 1855 and about 1865. www.phototree.com
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Mystery Ambrotype sitter #2

This Ambrotype - an image printed on glass - was found among the effects of my late Uncle Fred, who passed away in 2015 at the age of 98. There are no marks on indicators as to who the sitter is, but my theory is it's a member of the Gurnsey family. Dating ambrotype photographs is fairly easy for genealogists. The ambrotype was only in popular production for about ten years - between 1855 and about 1865. www.phototree.com
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Unknown infant

Another image of an infant - identity unknown! The only clue is the photo studio: Frank Barns of Faversham...
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A 'Memorial Portrait' of an unknown infant

I recently discovered this 'memento mori' image among some previously unknown stuff but have no idea who it is. In the late Victorian era, when someone died it was common for their loved ones to arrange for their photo to be taken. These photographs served as a keepsake to remember the deceased. This was especially common with infants and young children; Victorian era childhood mortality rates were extremely high, and a post-mortem photograph might have been the only image of the child the family ever had.
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Unknown child

This photograph comes from my mum & dad's archives. It was taken by the 'Eastbourne Photographic Company' who were apparently situated at 2 The Pavement, Clapham Common, London and its managers were 'Messrs Roberts & Williams'. I've no idea who the young boy in the photo is!
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Unknown woman

These two pictures of a woman in her late 50s or early 60s is from my dad's family photo collection but her identity is unknown.
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Studio photo

This image from my dad's family photos shows a gentleman and two women in a studio setting. But who are they? The photo has the studio name 'Willis' at the bottom, and the start of the address 'Maison Dieu, Dover' as well.
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School Class photo

This image from my dad's family photos shows a class of school girls, probably aged between 8-12(?). But who are they? And which child is related to my father?
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Church Group photo

This image from the Willis photo archives shows a group of people outside a church - but the date it was taken, and the location, and those in the photo, remain a mystery.
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Group of children

Another image from my parents' archives... no idea who they are, where they are, or when the photo was taken.