Finishing The Story- The Unknowns and The Internet

So as I mentioned in my previous post, I am working on a historical photo documentary/archiving project.  A little background on the project- I bought a set of negatives off the internet and I had no idea what I was getting (seller didn’t know where they had come from/ no known information on the images).  I live in the Southern U.S. and turned out that these photos ended up being (from what I have identified so far) from the Southern United States…. from the early 1900s.  I like to think of it as fate a little bit that they ended up back down here since I bought them from someone in New York.

There are close to 100 negatives in the set.  From my best guess, they were taken by the same person(s) around the same time period.  From what I have been able to date they range from 1914-1916 in cities such as New Orleans, LA; Jackson, MS; Montgomery, AL; Birmingham, AL; Chattanooga, TN; Nashville, TN; Palm Beach, FL; Fredericksburg, VA.

My best guess is that these images I haven’t been able to identify were taken somewhere along the Atlantic Coast possibly in one of the previous mentioned states or cities.

I have put together a short video of some images I am still needing help identifying and have decided to share it with the internet at large to try to help get some answers about where/who these photos are of.

It’s kind of experiment but I am grateful for any insight into this.  My goal is to put together this body of work and hopefully give credit to where it is due, even if these images are around 100 years old.

So this where the internet part plays a role.  There are so many people out there whose knowledge is far greater than mine and if you would be willing to share some of that knowledge to help me with this project I would greatly appreciate it. If you enjoy being a photographic detective as much as I do please watch the video below and feel free to leave a comment if you think something might look familiar, and please feel free to share my project as well.  The images themselves are beautiful works of art and worth a look:


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