Tinted girl from Providence, Rhode Island

What it is:

Carte de visite (CDV) measuring approx. 2.5 x 3.75 inches.

What I know about it:

Photographer’s name is printed on the back as Manchester, Bros. & Angell. with the weird punctuation, and the “&  Angell” crossed out.  From Prov. R. I.  There are a bunch of hard-to-read notes in pencil that seem to read:  14/4 copied crayon & col. in water / Hair brown / Eyes dark hazle [sic] / good col & [illegible]

Comments:

Anyone who has even glanced at this blog knows I love old black-and-white photos, but yesterday I suddenly felt the need to see a little color, and the same is true today.  While I posted a color photo yesterday, today’s is a black-and-white photo that has been tinted.  The girl’s boots, the blue trim of her dress, her hair, her eyes, and her skin have all been colored.  Interestingly, it was the notes on the back that directed me to examine the photo carefully, since to the naked eye it’s only the blue trim, the boots, and her cheeks that are obviously tinted.  It makes me wonder what it would have looked like without enhancement to the hair, eyes and skin.  Would she have just faded into the background?

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4 comments on “Tinted girl from Providence, Rhode Island”

  1. Yes, she may have just vanished. Lovely post and commentary, Matt.

  2. Sure it’s a girl? Back then both boys and girls wore dresses and boots. There wasn’t a color assigned to gender, and most children were just children until they wore clothes for their gender around age 7.

    Just wondering. You’d know better than I do. The necklace and face suggest girl to me, too, but the parted hair screams boy…

    • You’re right, clothing could be misleading at that age. Actually, from what other people have commented on other posts, the parted hair is a clue. Girls would have their hair parted in the middle, and boys would have a side part or no part.


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