Young woman with an elaborate corsage

What it is:

Cabinet card measuring 4.25 x 6.5 inches.

What I know about it:

Photographer is J. F. Rank Studio of Van Wert, Ohio.  Otherwise undated and unidentified.


This pretty girl looks like she is decked out for an occasion, but I’m not sure what it might be.  I’m intrigued by the shape of the border around her.  Part of me thinks it looks like a scroll, and that therefore this might be a graduation picture.  But another part of me thinks it’s just pretty and isn’t intended to have any significance.  Any thoughts on this?  I’ve recently been noticing these pearl chokers, too.  I hadn’t been familiar with them until I really started looking at some of my photos prior to posting them.  You can see another one here.  I’m amazed by the way they stay so high on the neck.  This one doesn’t seem to simply be resting on the collar.  Were they really that tight, or was there some other trick to get them like that?

6 comments on “Young woman with an elaborate corsage”

  1. That choker looks aptly named! Never saw such a thing before. I can’t imagine wearing it for longer than it take to photograph.

  2. You notice the most wonderful things! I can’t get away from her gaze, as I can’t figure it out. Is she just lost in thoughts, or is she a bit overwhelmed with her dress? I love this shot. And that border is interesting.

    • Thanks! This little blog project has really encouraged me to look at each picture more carefully, which has been rewarding. I’ve been noticing a lot of things I didn’t notice initially.

  3. I found the hair in this picture fascinating – the very tight curls in front of a loose curl row with the remainder of the hair pulled back severely. My focus keeps going back to the hair. Several of your pictures have women with tight curls at the forehead, but none that I can remember quite like this style.

    • Thanks for the comment! Yes, her hair is definitely one of the many fascinating things about this look. It looks like a normal style at first, but the more you look at it, the more it seems a bit chaotic.

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