Miss Merriman in a striped dress

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Here’s another CDV. Somebody wrote Mollie (or is it Dollie?) Merriman on the front, presumably identifying this young woman. There is nothing on the back except a blue 2-cent revenue stamp, meaning the picture was produced between August 1864 and August 1866, and cost less than 25 cents. I love this image when I hold it in my hand. So I was pleasantly surprised when I enlarged it to realize that the pattern of the dress is more complicated than simple light-colored stripes on the dark background. The stripes themselves are actually composed of a repeating geometric shape (a sort of elongated hexagon), and there are also darker stripes that alternate with the light ones against the dark background. As much as I love black-and-white photography, this is one I wish I could see in color. I’m also intrigued by the stack of books. The titles are turned to the camera, but I just can’t quite make them out

2 comments on “Miss Merriman in a striped dress”

  1. Her dress is really nice. I’m a sucker for vertical stripes, although I can’t say exactly why. There’s just something elegant about them.

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