Captured in Time: Nameless English Singing Girls upon Arrival in America in 1890

I Just Wanted to Figure out Who They Were, but Found Myself Ensnared in a Victorian Melodrama

Megan Smolenyak

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English singing girls as seen in original photo and after colorization and enhancement (via MyHeritage and Photoshop)

No names were given, but the caption grabbed my attention: “English singing girls — imported by Italian padrone — ret’d by Britannic, Nov 19 1890.”

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Megan Smolenyak

Genealogical adventurer & storyteller who loves solving mysteries! You may not know me, but chances are you’ve seen my work. (www.MeganSmolenyak.com)