Two girls in Red Bluff, California

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What it is:

Cabinet card measuring 4.25 x 6.5 inches.


What I know about it:

Photographer is Reinhart & Dorrothy of Red Bluff, California.  Otherwise, no information.



My friend Jenn surprised me last night with the gift of this lovely photo.  Although it isn’t dated, the scalloped edges around the card suggest an approximate date range of late-1880s to 1900.  I know of Red Bluff as a small town in Northern California, and didn’t realize it would have been large enough at the time to support its own photography studio.  But it apparently had a population of about 2,600 at the time (it’s currently at a little over 14,000), so it was established and thriving earlier than I thought.  Both girls have pins in their hair in approximately the same positions on their heads, even though their hair seems relatively short, making me wonder if the pins are more fashionably decorative than functional.  Also, while it’s perfectly common to see photo settings with various drapes and curtains in the background, I don’t recall any others in my collection that used lace.