Couple in Durand, Wisconsin

By: usermattw

Feb 05 2017

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Category: Pairs


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What it is:

Carte de Visite (CDV) measuring 2.5 x 4.25 inches.


What I know about it:

Photographer is W. L. Bachelder of Durand, Wisconsin.  Written on the back in pencil is Aunt Emma [or Erma] / Uncle Ed / for / Russell.”



Emma or Erma?  Feel free to click on the link above and weigh in if you can decipher the handwriting better than I can.  He appears relaxed, staring confidently into the camera, while she appears to be barely tolerating that awkward corseting, gazing off to the side as if awaiting rescue.  But then I noticed the strangely thick, rough material at his wrists beneath his jacket sleeves.  It almost looks like an unraveling sweater.  Is it the lining?  His shirt almost appears to be a scratchy woolen work shirt with a white dress collar stuck on it.  Could that be right?  It made me wonder if he’s really as comfortable as he initially looks.