Imperious old lady

What it is:

Real photo post card measuring 3.25 x 5.5 inches.

What I know about it:

Undated and unidentified.  It is printed on Tyco paper with a logo ( Place Postage [TYCO] Stamp Here) that apparently dates it to 1906-1915.


I think this is a fun picture, showing a real Lady Bracknell type (albeit dated a decade or so later), but I have to admit to a rather crude partial motive for posting this.  Please forgive me if it offends anyone.  But hey, it’s my blog, I’ll write what I want.  As I’m sure many of you who have blogs already know, WordPress lets me know which words and phrases people use in search engines that result in visits to my site.  In other words, if somebody enters “Civil War CDV” or “images of Stamford” into Google or Bing, and that search brings them to my blog, WordPress lets me know.  It doesn’t tell me who visited.  And I don’t know which posts they saw, though that’s usually easy enough to figure out.  Well, for as G-rated as my site generally is, I sometimes get views from searches that are clearly looking for porn.   I don’t mind this; in fact, I find it rather amusing.  One of the most common search terms I get is “muff pics”, and therefore one of my most viewed posts is this one.  While some of these searches may indeed be seeking information about historical fashion accessories, I suspect that most of them are sorely disappointed by what they find here.  I thought maybe it was time to give the other lady a rest from the lascivious prowlers, and I was amused by the idea that the woman here would likely be even more of a buzzkill than the charming one in the other post (though let’s face it, everybody is somebody’s type, and thank goodness for that).  So here she is, this old lady of old, with her big, beautiful, furry MUFF!  🙂

14 comments on “Imperious old lady”

  1. I love your attitude–and she is quite lovely. I have some similar photos and I would date this one as closer to about 1912/15, rather than the earlier possibility. Fur stoles and muffs were apparently quite popular at that time–I have many photos where they areaccessories. And it is also quite common to see the older generation of any give time period, wearing slightly out-of-date clothing, in her case, harking back to at least 10 years prior. Keep up the fun photos! You are inspiring me to continue scanning my own collection and tyring to organize it.
    Yours in costuming,Lisa A

    • Thanks, Lisa! I gave the full date range listed for when that brand logo was in use, though I agree it appears to be from the latter part of that range, and the online source could have been wrong. And I agree that it’s important to remember when dating pictures that people don’t always wear the most up-to-the-minute fashions. Thanks for the feedback. I’m so happy to hear that you find this all inspiring!

  2. It’s all about the MUFF!!!

  3. I would like to think that she was a tough suffragist.

  4. My thoughts exactly! The first thought that came to mind was that she was a suffragist or an upstanding Christian Scientist (I don’t know why).

  5. Funny you said Lady Bracknell. The moment I saw her, I said “Prism, where is that baby?” Her face looks awfully familiar — wonder if she’s a forgotten celeb, or if the post card has been used elsewhere (credits of “Cheers” for instance)?

    • I had similar thoughts, but I’m also reminded of a passage from Durang: “You look awfully familiar.” “You’ve probably just seen my type.” 🙂

  6. I used to get the website reports for the ERC website, and I’m officially reporting that the most frequently visited page of our site (even more frequent that people clearly looking for info on the Eastenders soap opera) was the one for the Dario Fo one-act “Women Undressed and Bodies to be Dispatched,” which we did as part of our 106 Years of Comedy festival. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out how they were finding that one… 🙂

    • Ha! That’s hilarious! Yeah, it makes total sense that it would draw the most hits. Now if only that translated into new audience members. 🙂

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