Saturday, June 4, 2011

Photo Number 554

This is a wedding photo from the Antique Shop in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. It is a cabinet card.

Grossfield photo 1884 to 1885

Grossfield was only in Rushford, Minnesota in the years 1884 and 1885.  So those are the years we will pick for these photos. The bride has chosen a wedding bonnet and it seems to have some sort of tendrils from the piece on top of her head flowing on her left shoulder.  The wedding bonnet seems almost train like.  This dress could have had a bustle..I can almost see one back there but it may just be the pleats in her dress. I wonder what color her dress was..I am seeing a soft chocolate brown..trimmed in black velvet.. how about you?    The groom just has his top button buttoned..I have read that this is common in the late 1870’s to the early 1880’s.  So it very well could be a photo from 1884 or 1885.

It is also interesting to note that her ring is on the right hand but the wrong finger..perhaps it was too large.

Grossfield Photo 1884 to 1885 back

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  1. Love the one dimensional room behind them. Backdrops are so fascinating. Have to wonder if this was the couple's choice or the photographer's standard marriage backdrop.

  2. Interesting that she is wearing her ring on her index finger. I would like to imagine her dress is blue with a navy velvet collar.

  3. Such a beautiful photo. Chocolate brown with black velvet would be pretty together! Mildred

  4. I think the back of this card is almost as intriguing as the front!


  5. The groom is so clear eyed and looks quite young. From the bride's hands I wonder how much she has already worked. When one thinks of the enormous sums some of today's couples spend on wedding dresses and such for often times very short unions....the fact that these brides of old could later wear their wedding clothes for good dresses for other occasions seems like a habit worthy of reviving. All the work of producing the fibers and weaving the cloth and cutting and fitting and seaming the clothes....not wasted, but treasured. And hopefully, though many ills of life threatened the marriages of yesteryears, they clung to the commitment they made in these good suits and dresses. It's a lovely collection you are sharing; as always, thank you.


Hi, Thanks for the comments, your input on these old photos is appreciated! English only please! All comments will be moderated! Connie