Bessie, with very puffy sleeves

By: usermattw

Jul 12 2016

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Category: Women


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What it is:

Cabinet card measuring 4.25 x 6.5 inches.


What I know about it:

Photographer is Kemp of Scranton, Pennsylvania.  (I believe the full name is John H. Kemp.)  Written on the back in pencil is Bessie g. Craig.



Old photos show me what people used to wear, but sometimes they also seem to convey the mindset behind wearing it.  My modern eyes usually look amusedly at giant sleeves like this, thinking they resemble flotation devices.  But with this photo, I sense our young woman here is not so much wearing giant sleeves, as she is sitting surrounded by billowing waves of soft femininity, which I suspect was more the impression intended.