Bookish couple

What it is:

Oval-shaped photo (3.5 x 5 inches) mounted on a cardboard frame/backing (6 x 9 inches).

What I know about it:

The name Bruckheimer is written in tiny script in pencil in the lower left corner of the frame.  (I don’t know if that’s the name of the photographer or the name of the sitters.)  Otherwise no date, location or identification.


They both look very correct and proper to me.  Excellent posture, nothing out of place.  And although it’s a tired cliche, the fact that they are both wearing glasses and using books as props makes them look intellectual.  What’s nice is that, for all the straight-backed refinement here, I’m not sensing strain, and her smile looks quite warm.  Also, since other posts have explored the topic of whether men or women are seated in portraits of the era, it’s worth noting that the woman is sitting for a change.

2 comments on “Bookish couple”

  1. Is there some way to tell which photos are engagement or wedding photos? I remember reading somewhere that wedding pictures were often taken at the couple’s home some time after the wedding, with their prized possessions.

    Does that ring any bells?

    Young, in their Sunday best…is he a preacher? He holds that book like one.

    • I hadn’t heard that about posing with the possessions, but that makes sense. This could be an engagement photo, I don’t know. Wedding photos from the era often seem to have a little more in the way of bouquets and corsages and things, but it can be tricky, since wedding dresses don’t necessarily conform to the standards we think of today, with veils and so on. And that’s a good thought, that he could be a preacher or minister of some sort. I hadn’t thought of that. I so grateful for all the suggestions I get in the comments! 🙂

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