Stairs and balcony with twenty women

What it is:

Photo measuring 4.5 x 2.75 inches.

What I know about it:

Nothing!  Undated and unidentified.


Here’s one that leaves me a little mystified.  The composition is nice, but who are these people?  It’s hard to get a clear look at them, but they appear to get generally younger the farther right/down they go.  Could these be the teachers and students at a school?  An array of employees somewhere?  Some sort of women’s club?  The location puzzles me, too.  It looks like they are standing around a garage.  And while they are obviously posing for the camera, only a few seem to be smiling at the camera, as if somebody took a test photo without warning them.  In any case, I think it’s a fun picture to look at, and it’s fun to guess.

4 comments on “Stairs and balcony with twenty women”

  1. Yes, it is fun to guess. Your collection must be amazing to see, all spread out on a desk or floor. It would be like time travelling through the last 100 years of American history.

    • Sometimes photos ARE spread out all over the floor. I’ll remember to take your advice and stop and be pleased at the effect, rather than just bemoan the mess. 🙂

  2. Some of them go back as much as 150 or 160 years, don’t they?

    • Yes, I do. Not this one, of course. And I don’t want to make grand, pretentious statements declaring that my collection stretches back to the dawn of photography or anything. But I have some (including ones I’ve posted) from the 1860s, which would make them 150 years old or so, and I have at least a couple that seem to be from the 1850s. I sometimes stop and marvel at the things I’m holding in my hands, as much in amazement that they exist at all, as that I am fortunate enough to have them.

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