O Pioneer!

By: usermattw

Jul 04 2013

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What it is:

Photo measuring 5 x 3.5 inches.

What I know about it:

Nothing!  Undated and unidentified.


Thoughts of the Fourth of July (for my overseas readers, that’s U.S. Independence Day) often bring me back to my childhood and all the patriotic mania that surrounded the Bicentennial in 1976.  There was an enormous revival of interest in all things Colonial.  I remember visiting fairs that were set up as colonial villages to demonstrate period arts and crafts like cooking and blacksmithing.  There were reenactments, and words like “revolutionary” were buzzwords.  And people became interested historical Americana from other eras, too.  I still have class photos in which little girls were wearing long gingham dresses with bonnets, inspired by things like “Little House on the Prairie”.  It got to the point where seeing a person in period clothing was, if not common, at least not weird.  This photo, though obviously from a different era, reminds me of all that.  Of course, I have no idea what’s going on here.  Perhaps the people in modern clothes are about to escort the middle lady to some patriotic festivity.  Or perhaps she’s just the crazy old aunt who lives in the woods that they are obliged to visit from time to time.  Either way, I think it’s a fun photo, and I picked it for today.

6 comments on “O Pioneer!”

  1. Or could she be a bridesmaid? Granted, not much about the picture looks festive, or like a wedding, but I remember bridesmaids at one point all seemed to wear little bonnets that resembled her hat.

  2. Cars appear to be early 1940’s. Wonderful old photo.

  3. I’m going with ‘crazy old lady we have to visit anyway’.

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