Sunday, November 18, 2012

Sentimental Sunday - Women with Hats - 1870's Woman Wearing Straw Hat

This lovely young woman in a white dress is wearing a straw hat decorated with some type of dark trim, most likely velvet.  She is leaning her left hand on a dark lacy parasol and is resting her other arm on a fake column.  She appears to have short hair although it is possible it is pulled back at the nape of her neck.

This cabinet card, while quite faded and peeling in places, still manages to show the beauty of this unidentified subject.  I have actually enhanced the photo you are seeing here as it is even more faded in person. Additionally, it seems the unknown photographer did not take into account her white dress against the white brick wall and the photo was over-processed.  I think he would have been more successful using a darker background.  For example, check out this prior post showing a woman in a white dress:

I still love this photo as the subject has the most serene look on her face and is very captivating.  Due to the thick gilt border I believe this photograph to have been taken in the late 1870's or very early 1880's.


  1. The parasol looks lovely! The slick bangs seem almost modern.Was that a typical "do" of the day?

  2. I was struck by the boyish hair too. It resembles Katherine Ross in the movie Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Is she wearing pendant ear rings too?

  3. She is lovely and with her hair styled that way, she seems modern to me. I don't recall seeing photos of women from that time period with bangs, have you? If she was wearing jeans and a t-shirt, she'd fit right in with young women of today.

  4. Very nice picture.....could it have been taken in the south. It looks like maybe attire for a warmer climate. I don't know anything about old pictures, but this was the first thing that crossed my mind.


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...