Thursday, June 11, 2009

The Persons Sisters

More rummage.

This time, it is a picture of two of ancestors of a relative of my father, possibly the relative's mother and her sister. This picture was probably taken in the late 1890's, somewhere in or near Long Prairie, Minnesota. Fabulous dresses aside, what caught my eye was the board with dozens of pictures (Cabinet Cards, similar to the earlier carte de visite) pinned to a cork-board on the wall. These types of pictures were all the rage then, now they fill boxes and boxes in antique stores.
Not many people buy them, for they are usually stiff studio portraits of unknown people, usually without even a name or item of interest.

This picture has a few other noteworthy things. The large portrait festooned with flowers, and the cherished possessions of the sitters: one girl with her knitting and the other with her reading.

As it was, so it remains.

By Professor Batty


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