Dressed for the cold in upstate New York

By: usermattw

Jan 23 2016

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Category: Pairs


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What it is:

Cabinet card measuring 4.25 x 6.5 inches.


What I know about it:

Photographer is W. J. Hart of Suspension Bridge, New York.  Otherwise undated and unidentified.



While I sit here enjoying the relatively mild (if wet) weather of a San Francisco winter, I understand the East Coast is getting walloped by a heavy snowstorm.  So in sympathy for my friends and family there, I thought I’d post a photo of people in wintry attire.  It always seems a little funny to me when people dress for the outdoors when posing for an indoor photo, but there you have it.  Another one I posted is here.  (The opposite, of course, is here, where people are frolicking in the snow in next to nothing.)  By the way, Suspension Bridge, New York, was a village that was the site of the world’s first working railroad suspension bridge, built over the Niagara Gorge.  The town was incorporated into the city of Niagara Falls in 1892.  It is likely, then, that we can date this photo to 1892 or earlier.  Also, there is a black dot on the woman’s eye (her left, our right).  I’m not sure whether it was an attempt to enhance the eye by manually touching up the photo, or whether it is simply damage.

4 comments on “Dressed for the cold in upstate New York”

  1. There is also the man’s right eye being bigger than his left.

    • Yes, I noticed that, too, though it seems to be something unusual about his actual eyes, rather than something done to the image later. Maybe he had a glass eye or something?

  2. I think it’s just a trick of the light.
    Did anyone else think of Dr. Zhivago? ; )

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