Girls with curly hair

What it is:

Cabinet card measuring 4.25 x 6.5 inches.

What I know about it:

Photographer is N. A. Montee of Mechanicville, New York.  The names Carrie Walsh and Viola Hicks are written on the back in pen.

Comments:

It’s interesting to see an effort made to put fashionable curls into what appears to be already curly hair.  Between their hair and their dresses, there’s a lot of texture going on here.  The dresses appear to be matching ones, which initially led me to assume the girls are sisters.  But the different last names on the back threw me.  Perhaps they are close cousins?  Would best friends have gone to the extravagance of getting matching dresses and sitting for their portrait?  Then I realized the ink on the back is most likely from a ballpoint pen.  This led me back to the idea that these are sisters, and that their married names were written on the back years after the photo was taken.

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