A Pottsville wedding

What it is:

Photo (slightly larger than 3.75 x 5.25 inches) mounted on a cardboard frame/backing (slightly larger than 5.75 x 8.75;  I cropped the edges of the frame out of this scan).

What I know about it:

Photographer is Garvin of Pottsville, Pennsylvania.   Otherwise undated and unidentified.


I called this a wedding photo because that’s what it seems to be to me, but I’m open to other suggestions.  It’s sometimes hard for me to be sure when people aren’t dressed in what we today consider conventional wedding attire.  Shall we assume the seated woman is the bride?  Does anyone else think the other three people look like siblings?  Would being surrounded by a new family help explain the bride’s deer-in-the-headlights look?   By the way, this photo reminded me strongly of a couple other photos I previously posted here and here.  Sure enough, they are all from Pottsville, PA!  But upon further inspection, this one is a different photographer, and as far as I can tell these are different people, too.  Still, I can’t help but wonder if there is some connection, like if they are all part of the same ethnic or immigrant community in Pottsville or something.  I’m not sure what else would have made me connect them in my mind, as opposed to other similar photos I have.  Anyway, regardless of the context, I think it’s a nice photo.

2 comments on “A Pottsville wedding”

  1. I wonder if the “hands on shoulders” pose made you think of the 2nd of the other photos. The hand of the ill-dressed man* on the far-right of that picture is an almost perfect mirror-image of the standing woman’s hand here.

    Your “siblings vs. bride” scenario really adds a huge subtext to this photo!

    *Before I consciously noticed his hand position, I had an interior monologue about how I probably would never replicate that outfit on stage, even though it’s directly from the period, as it would just look like the costumer wanted the actor to look stumpy.

    • Could be anything, I’m not sure. Somehow the people struck me as similar, possibly even the same, until I looked at them both and saw they were different. Maybe the straightforward way they are sitting in their chairs? Who knows. Re: the man’s outfit, it already looks like a comical stage outfit, at least to my contemporary eyes! 🙂

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