Tanan (last name unknown) in May 1895, while she was a student at the Mount Vernon Seminary in Washington, D.C.

Rescued Photos

Karen SteelyChildren, Couples, Groups, Kith & Kin, Toys, Women

Rescued photos are orphaned photos The Past Matters has acquired from flea markets, garage sales, and online sellers which Karen has researched and identified the subject(s), date, and location.

Dana Margaret Williams, 2 Aug 1901, probably in Waverly, Kansas.

Children and China Dolls

Karen SteelyChildren, Toys

The majority of china dolls were German in origin, and they were generally less expensive than the bisque dolls that were also available in this time period.

Mary Louise McLean in 1872, taken in Cincinnati, Ohio by Vincent

Children and French Bisque Dolls

Karen SteelyChildren, Toys

French bisque dolls were expensive, beautiful, and represented the height of the dollmakers’ art. These dolls are much rarer than German bisque dolls, and their beauty can be mesmerizing.