I do not generally acquire photos which are not identified, because the odds of making an identification without any clues is too astronomical to calculate. And without knowing who the subject is, there would be no finding a relative.
But once in a while, I end up with an unidentified photo. Usually on accident, sometimes on purpose.
I have decided today to occasionally post a few anonymous photos, in the hopes that someone "out there" will be able to help with the identification. Any known clues are included.
These two photos were emailed to me by a friend. She knows the subjects are relatives of hers, who lived in New York and are of German heritage. She'd like very much to get these relatives identified better.
The first woman had her picture taken in New York City at a studio called "Schwind Portraits" located at 27 Avenue A, in East Village, Lower Manhattan, NYC.
She is likely from the family with the surname MAHN, although could also be from related families of ERHARDT, STARK, or even O'CONNOR.
Her fashion points to a time period of about 1880.
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She bears a strong resemblence to an identified woman Elizabeth Stark Erhardt, who sat for her photo at at A&G Taylor Studios just four blocks away on Broadway, so I think this girl must be an Erhardt or Stark. Maybe a cousin or sister of Elizabeth Erhardt?
There remains a remote possibility that she comes from related families of Mahn or O'Connor.