Dressed for the New Hampshire cold

What it is:

Cabinet card measuring 4.25 x 6.5 inches.

What I know about it:

Photographer is Langley of Manchester, New Hampshire.  Written in pen on the back is:  Dad, his first wife / Mable’s mother.

Comments:

This isn’t in the best condition, but I thought it interesting enough to share.  I find it curious that even though they are posed in a studio, they are still wearing outdoor clothing.  I wonder why.  Was it bitterly cold in the studio?  Is the clothing specific to something that they were commemorating?  And the note on the back is a little haunting since it suggests that, despite the protective outer garments, the woman was not much longer for the world.

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2 comments on “Dressed for the New Hampshire cold”

  1. At a guess, looking at the woman’s body and the way her clothing is lying, she appears to be enceinte, as they would say back then. Her hand placement is also a telling gesture for pregnancy. Remember, in those days they had to hold still for quite some time for exposure.

    • Thanks for your comment! That makes perfect sense. I have another photo I should post sometime. The woman’s voluminous dress puffs out in front in a way that makes me think she is, um, “great with child”. Either that or it’s an oddly placed bustle. 🙂


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