Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Wedding Wednesday - One More by Photographer G. G. Oyloe, Ossian, IA

One more by G. G. Oyloe who I have mentioned in four previous wedding posts. This week's photograph is yet another style cabinet card for Oyloe - notice the back imprint on the card. It is rather unusual with a scalloped border, several birds, flowers, butterflies, and a spider web complete with spider!

The unidentified bride and groom on the front are both wearing dark clothing, the groom in this case is wearing a longer coat, but still has only the top button buttoned.  The bride's dress has an unusual detail with darker triangular patches along the bottom of the skirt.  Instead of a headdress she is wearing a white flower band on her head and has a long white scarf tied around her neck.  I've seen this style before and want to believe this was some kind of ethnic adornment.  I'm dating this late 1880's about 1889 +- one year.


  1. Very nice, I like her dress and flowers. Judged by their appearances they might be Scandinavian. Or Eastern-European. Notice the end of her scarf with the beads.

  2. G.G. Oyloe (Gilbert Gerald Oyloe) was my great, great grandfather who came to Iowa from Norway in 1852 when he was just a tot. I do not know too much about him because my grandfather (Gerald Gilbert Oyloe, aka Gerry) never talked about much with me through my life but I know that I am proud to be of Norwegian blood and even more proud to be an Oyloe.

  3. G.G.Oyloe is my great (great?)grandfather who came here from Norway fact all the men in my family follow the G.G. tradition. Gilbert, Gerald and Gordon. I do not know much about him but I do know that I am a proud Norwegian woman and even more proud to be an Oyloe.


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