Aunt Minnie

By: usermattw

Oct 04 2013

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Category: Women


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What it is:

Photo (1.5 x 2.5 inches) mounted to a cardboard frame/backing (3.5 x 5.25 inches; I have cropped some of the backing from the scan).

What I know about it:

I have two copies of this photo.  This one is clearer, which is why I’m posting it, but the other one is labeled Aunt Minnie / About 1907.


Sometimes when I look at these old photos, people, particularly women, wear clothing that seems more like architecture than fashion.  They often look overwhelmed, swamped in yards of fabric, with outlandish hats teetering on their heads, struggling to compete for attention with garments that suit the fashion without particularly suiting the wearer.  But our Minnie here looks more than capable of meeting the challenge of her outfit.  It’s a bold look that she wears with strength.  She looks fierce, like some fashion centurion, ready to take on the world.  And I admire her for that.

4 comments on “Aunt Minnie”

  1. Love this one. she has a stern charm about her.

  2. Am surprised about the lack of jewelry. Women of this era loved their cameos and bar pins. She is beautiful!

    • Yes, I agree. I think there might be something like a locket hanging from a thin chain, but it’s dark, and therefore very subtle. You’re right, it’s a beautiful effect.

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