Woman in a medallioned dress
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What it is:
Photo (3.75 x 5.75 inches), mounted to a decorative matte (8 x 12 inches, most of which I have cropped from this scan), in a paper folder.
What I know about it:
Photographer is Johnstone Studio of Hartford, Connecticut. Otherwise undated and unidentified.
I’m certainly no expert, but I don’t recall seeing a design like this before. My best guess is that these are medallions of lace sewn onto her dress. I’ll admit this overall look is not especially to my taste, but I do find it interesting.