Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Photo Number 517

I think we will look at a few photos that have names.  I purchased this photograph at Solway, MN it is a Cabinet Card.
Dona Rasmussen Solway There is an imprint..it says Gates Co.  I wonder if that is the photographer?  I would date this photo right around 1895 because of the huge puffy sleeves on the blouse.
I do have a name and some dates.
Dona Rasmussen Cab Card Solway Dona (edited to Dora) Rasmusson
Born 8 December 1880
Died 18 April 1902
I wonder if her name was really spelled Dona or was it Donna, and I wonder what she died of at the age of 22.  I think the same person wrote on the back of the photos..but at different times with a different writing tool.
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Updates from Iggy:
Iowa Marriages, 1809-1992 for Dora Rasmussen
Groom's Name: M. George Christiansen
Groom's Birthplace: (b. 1874 — Illinois)
Bride's Name: Dora Rasmussen
Bride's Birth Date: 1880
Bride's Birthplace: Denmark
Bride's Age: 20
Marriage Date: 01 Mar 1900
Marriage Place: Franklin, Iowa
Groom's Father: W. C. Christiansen (b. Denmark)
Groom's Mother: Christine Madsen (b. Denmark)
Bride's Father: Jens Rasmussen
Bride's Mother: Anne Hansine Olson

1910 Census shows George married to an Anna living in Hamilton, Franklin county, Iowa.

Poor Dora died young. If she died during childbirth, the baby, if he/she lived/existed doesn't appear in the 1910 census with George.

Info on the photographer:
I believe the photographer is George F. Gates of Chicago, Illinois (the groom was from Illinois).

He is listed as Gates Photographic Co., Gates Co., Gates Bros., and G. F. Gates with various addresses in Chicago from 1883-1900.

Gates Co. is only listed in 1890.



Update from Iggy:
The 1920 census shows an 18 year old son, Lawrence Christiansen born 1902. The 1930 census shows Lawrence married to Alta F. and living in Ingham, IA.


A Fashion note from Norkio! 
I have a reproduction blouse pattern that is virtually identical to that blouse. It's actually nice to see it represented in a period photograph! The sleeve is made in three pieces - two at the puff (a regular shape inside and the puff outside) and one for the rest of the sleeve to the cuff.

I would also like to take this opportunity to point out something we don't ever even think about today. Notice you can see both of her knees pushing her skirt out? Women used to sit with their knees wide open to hold the skirts out of their laps. It makes for a more attractive lap too, with the skirts all smoothed out. It is actually much more comfortable and relaxed than sitting with your legs pressed together. :-) It also helps when you stand up, the skirt isn't bunched up between your feet so you won't trip.

Great photo showing some lost points of etiquette and fashion. Thank you!!!


10 comments:

  1. Her name looks like Dora rather than Dona. (Note the r at the end of December, and again, in April. This is a acceptable, if old fashioned, way to write the cursive lower case r.) Also, to venture a guess at cause of death, at age 22, barring accident, child birth could have been the culprit.

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  2. I agree that it looks like Dora.

    The text below the name seems to be written (partly) in Norwegian (or possibly Swedish or Danish, but Rasmusson is not a Danish name).

    "Born Den 8. Desember 1880" (Born is not Norwegian)
    "Død Den 18. April 1902" (død = dead)

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  3. I take back that Rasmusson is not a Danish name -- it can well be (although I believe Rasmussen would be more common in Denmark, at least today).

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  4. I found this record that seems to fit:

    Iowa Marriages, 1809-1992 for Dora Rasmussen
    Groom's Name: M. George Christiansen
    Groom's Birthplace: (b. 1874 — Illinois)
    Bride's Name: Dora Rasmussen
    Bride's Birth Date: 1880
    Bride's Birthplace: Denmark
    Bride's Age: 20
    Marriage Date: 01 Mar 1900
    Marriage Place: Franklin, Iowa
    Groom's Father: W. C. Christiansen (b. Denmark)
    Groom's Mother: Christine Madsen (b. Denmark)
    Bride's Father: Jens Rasmussen
    Bride's Mother: Anne Hansine Olson

    1910 Census shows George married to an Anna living in Hamilton, Franklin county, Iowa.

    Poor Dora died young. If she died during childbirth, the baby, if he/she lived/existed doesn't appear in the 1910 census with George.

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  5. I believe the photographer is George F. Gates of Chicago, Illinois (the groom was from Illinois).

    He is listed as Gates Photographic Co., Gates Co., Gates Bros., and G. F. Gates with various addresses in Chicago from 1883-1900.

    Gates Co. is only listed in 1890.

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  6. I have a reproduction blouse pattern that is virtually identical to that blouse. It's actually nice to see it represented in a period photograph! The sleeve is made in three pieces - two at the puff (a regular shape inside and the puff outside) and one for the rest of the sleeve to the cuff.

    I would also like to take this opportunity to point out something we don't ever even think about today. Notice you can see both of her knees pushing her skirt out? Women used to sit with their knees wide open to hold the skirts out of their laps. It makes for a more attractive lap too, with the skirts all smoothed out. It is actually much more comfortable and relaxed than sitting with your legs pressed together. :-) It also helps when you stand up, the skirt isn't bunched up between your feet so you won't trip.

    Great photo showing some lost points of etiquette and fashion. Thank you!!!

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  7. I should have looked at the 1920 US Census when I looked at the 1910 census records.

    The 1920 census shows an 18 year old son, Lawrence Christiansen born 1902. The 1930 census shows Lawrence married to Alta F. and living in Ingham, IA.

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  8. Was Lawrence Christiansen born in April? If so, can we assume that Dora died in child birth?

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  9. Hi Maybelline..I am not certain..I am still searching:)

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  10. The US census records that I saw didn't include Lawrence exact birth date. He had a son, Rodger D., born about 1929, but I was unable to find anything further on Lawrence, Alta, or Rodger.

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