Monday, August 27, 2012

Mystery Monday - Three 1860's Women from Louth, Lincolnshire, England

This CDV of three unidentified women from Louth, Lincolnshire, England was probably taken in the 1860's. Wikipedia lists a number of "Louths" but in doing a search for the photographer "Willey" I found many books for sale for which mentioned Joseph Willey (1829 - 1893) of Louth, Lincolnshire.  I also found a number of listings for Joseph Willey on including census listings between 1851 and 1881 for the Louth, Lincolnshire area. Additionally, a death record and probate index record were found as well.

The three subjects in the photograph, I am guessing, are a mother (left) and two daughters. The girl seated is leaning on a small skirted table and looking at something, perhaps a photograph. The other young woman is leaning on the chair and has her other hand resting on a basket that is sitting on a pile of books on the table.  This Cartes de Visite was damaged a bit, something was stuck to it, but it is still an interesting photograph.  Too bad we do not know the identities of these women and their story.


  1. It's ironic that in an attempt to capture a "natural" pose, the standing daughter looks so uncomfortable and unnatural.

  2. great pic, love how the middle daughter on the chair is not at all interested with sitting for a pic.

  3. I have 6 family portraits taken by Willey of Louth,

    Wonder how many survive today

    Cheers Patsy


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