Two couples from Shell, Wyoming
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What it is:
Two photos on cardboard backing, each measuring 5 x 7.25 inches.
What I know about it:
Both are from a photographer in Shell, Wyoming. The photographer’s name is handwritten, and I’m not certain I am reading it correctly. It appears to be A. F. Trow, but you can view the handwriting here to judge for yourself. Also written on the back of the right-hand photo in a different hand is For Robert.
I decided to post these photos together because they are interesting to compare and contrast. The men’s faces and the women’s dresses are similar enough at first glance that I had to look more closely to make sure they weren’t photos of the same people. Shell, Wyoming, named after nearby fossil beds, had a population of only 83 in the 2010 census, and I didn’t find any indication it was any more booming back when these photos were taken. That doesn’t mean life wasn’t good for these folks. It just suggests that getting these photos taken was probably something special.