Young woman from Chicago

What it is:

Carte de visite (CDV) photo measuring just under 2.5 x 4.25 inches.

What I know about it:

Photographer is R. N. Ham of Chicago.  Otherwise undated and unidentified.


Not much to say about this one, just another pretty photo from the past.  Okay, I have to admit that dress looks like it’s designed to carry around carpentry tools in the front pockets, but I still think it’s attractive.  🙂  By the way, do you see the spot on the side of her face?  I can’t tell if that’s some sort of foxing or accidental smudge, or if it was an effort at tinting her cheek.

4 comments on “Young woman from Chicago”

  1. I think this might be an example of Natural Form dress, dating the photo from 1877-1887. The skirt is gathered in the back behind the knees which was a popular style during that era. The “pockets” are huge pleats. 🙂

    • Oh, yes, don’t worry, I knew they were pleats, fortunately I’m not that inexpert. 🙂 It’s just that to my modern eyes they look like giant pockets, and the trim looks like the edge of an awning. Thanks for the extra information!

  2. She reminds me a bit of Winona Ryder in The Age of Innocence.

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