Woman posing with a fake house

What it is:

Cabinet card measuring 4.25 x 6.5 inches.

What I know about it:

Photographer is Townsend of Covington, Ohio.  [There are Covingtons in Ohio and Oklahoma, but “O.” is the old abbreviation for Ohio.]  Otherwise undated and unidentified.


I continue to be surprised and delighted by the creative design that went into many studio portraits back in the day.  Here we have not only a backdrop, but one with enough dimension to allow her to stick her hand through the open “window”.  Real plants manage to add depth to the painted ones, and the straw on the floor looks like an uncut lawn, rather than a studio floor strewn with hay.  It can be amusing to look at photos in which the settings appear cobbled together without any artistic finesse, but it can also be refreshing to see photos in which the elements come together in a nicely unified whole, as I feel they do here.

8 comments on “Woman posing with a fake house”

  1. Love the way her buttons echo the ornaments over the window!

  2. I, too, am amazed by the backdrop. Wonderful!

  3. Look at her gorgeous dress which was surely her best one. Sometimes, I wish stays and corsets were still au courant.

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