Saturday, October 14, 2006

Nameless Photos Collection: Who Was She?

The costume seems a bit overdone. Was she an actress? We haven't a clue. The feathered hat pin suggests a Sherwood Forest theme. A Gilbert and Sullivan-style play (actually by DeKoven and Smith) was big in 1890s. It was called "Robin Hood," and it's hit song was "Oh Promise Me."


Anonymous said...

She looks bored. The fur stole or collar may be a sign of affluence. Is there any indication on the photo or the back as to who the photographer was or where the studio was located?

jaycee said...

No. Nothing at all. The frame is unusual. It is an 8" by 10" by 1/8" piece of (I think) mahogany. The photo is securely pasted to the wood, so any writing is under there. I think she is trying to look younger than she is, "innocent" as well as "bored." As an actress in a Gilbert and Sullivan play would do.

Anonymous said...

The ladies dress (what you can see of it from the photograph) seems similar to a McCall's pattern from 1906. Makes one wonder if it is a dress of the period or a costume for a performance. See:
(Scroll to bottom of page.)

jaycee said...

There is certainly a nautical accent to the garment. Inspired by H.M.S. Pinafore perhaps?

Lilly Morgen said...

I am sure it is not a costume. Of course it may be a costume in the 21st century, but not in the early 20th. People in those days wore lace, gathers, and other trims to keep the bugs from climbing around.
Fleas, Ticks, and lice were some of those critters.

jaycee said...

Oh Lilly, you're such a romantic soul! But the point is well taken. Even Queen Victoria didn't take baths more than a few times in her life. Likewise for the aristocrats. Winston Churchill called his critics in the House of Lords "lousy" and no one could contradict him.

Anonymous said...

I have a passport from Germany with the exact likeness of this lady. What are the odds?

J. Emmert,

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