Aunt Ella was a real person, but not one of my relatives. I found her photo at an antique show. On the back of this photo I found a caption two different captions. Ella signed it, "Compliments of Ella, March 29, 1873." In a different handwriting and ink was an additional comment, "Aunt Ella's wedding dress. Heavy brown corded silk."
As a former photo curator, I wondered, "How could someone discard such a precious family photo?" It was Ella's wedding gift to her family. I collect abandoned family pictures such as this one. Most are ordinary family portraits but some are very unusual. This blog provides a new home for these images.