Sunday, November 16, 2014

Sentimental Sunday - Women with Hats - Michigan Woman with Felt Hat

I have been shamefully absent from my blog for a very long time for multiple reasons.  These include a new job, spousal health problems and just plain burnout, but it has been calling to me lately so today I return with this young woman from the turn of the century.

Anna Budd

I am estimating this photograph, which was taken in Portland, Michigan, to have been taken circa 1900. The young woman is identified on the back as Anna Budd.  She looks quite serious in her dark starched dress with white neckscarf.  She is wearing some type of pin on the scarf and her hat is tam style with a small pom on the top.  Underneath her hairstyle appears to be the fashionable for the time Gibson Girl style.  I found a few Anna Budds on Ancestry.com, but was not able to conclusively identify her.

The photographer was F. B. Rhodes of Portland, Michigan, most likely Frank Bartlett Rhodes who was born about 1865 in Michigan and died 10 November 1921 in Gaylord, MI.  He had several studios in the state including one in Portland in this time frame.

Portland, MI City Directory 1903

4 comments:

  1. I quite like the embossed frame around the image. And I always find it fascinating how the photos were so perfectly cut into ovals. I'd like to know how they did it. Was there some sort of "machine" to use? I've never seen anything about them.

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    1. I've read somewhere how in the 1800's, in the industrial age, of the machines used to create cabinet cards and then later these types of embossed cards but I forget what it said. Photos with fancy cards were more expensive of course.

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  2. Welcome back. I like this photo of Anna Budd, whoever she was. She has a strong face and neatly pressed dress. Her hat seems unusual to me since I'm used to seeing big hats on women in the 1890s.

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    1. Thanks, Wendy, it's good to be back. I've missed my blog.

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