Emma, Baccalaureate, 1900

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What it is:

Photo (2.25 x 3.5 inches) mounted to a cardboard frame/backing (4.25 x 6.5 inches; I have cropped most of the backing from this scan).

What I know about it:

I have two copies of this photo.  One (this one) is labeled Emma Hall.  The other is labeled Emma H. Sullivan / Baccaulaureate [sic] / May 13 1900.  Photographer is Marks of Clinton, Missouri.


I believe that a baccalaureate in this case would be referring to a religious address to a graduating class, an occasion generally related to, but separate from, the actual graduation ceremony.  So is she graduating from high school?  I’m terrible at guessing ages.  People in these old photos so often turn out to be younger than I initially thought.  It’s interesting that it refers specifically to baccalaureate, rather than generally to graduation.  Are we to infer that this photo commemorates some direct involvement with that ceremony?  I suppose the information on the back was added later, given the married name, though she doesn’t look terribly much younger than pictures I have of her with her baby.  She’s part of the Sullivan / Hall clan.  I have pictures from several generations of her family posted here, including other pictures of her.  In all the photos I have of her, she looks quite serene.

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