Monday, May 10, 2010

Photo Number 190


This is a photo that I purchased in a small Antique Shop in Motley, Minnesota.  This photo tells many stories.  A Grandmother (I think she is too old to be the Mother)  and a Granddaughter.  The photos to the left are perched upon a photo album, they appear to be a man and a woman and a larger photo of a young man.  Is it a sad story?  Is the largest photo..her husband..or son..perhaps the older woman is in mourning.

Behind her and to the right is a photo of Abraham Lincoln and some other politician..perhaps Johnson..
The wall paper is pretty wild..I found this photo very interesting..what story do you think it tells?
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Update from Norkio:
Yes, that is Andrew Johnson in the photo with Lincoln. He became president after Lincoln was killed. This tells us the lady is likely a Republican/Whig or supporter of the Union, and therefore most likely from a "northern" state. It looks as though they are posed in front of a door, although the large framed picture (?) or mirror (?) above them is perplexing. The woman's clothing is 1870s-1880s.

4 comments:

  1. The fact that there is so much in the background strikes me as odd. The large photo looks like a younger man - maybe a son she lost. I love those doilies/cloths on the tables and the child is very pretty.

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  2. What a fascinating photo. I used to give my students photos like this and ask them to write a story/poem.

    I wonder if this photo was taken after the death of the young man. Perhaps, the photo was taken at the viewing or the wake.

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  3. Yes, that is Andrew Johnson in the photo with Lincoln. He became president after Lincoln was killed. This tells us the lady is likely a Republican/Whig or supporter of the Union, and therefore most likely from a "northern" state. It looks as though they are posed in front of a door, although the large framed picture (?) or mirror (?) above them is perplexing. The woman's clothing is 1870s-1880s. I also agree the girl is quite possibly her granddaughter. The story may be that the girl's parents passed away somehow and the grandmother took her in to raise her. It's a sad picture in many ways.

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  4. I find it all too interesting with an informal shot allowing the viewer to see everything in the room. I wonder what it's purpose as it was not just another shot on the kodak. I suppose she sent it to a sister or friend to show herself and granddaughter.

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