Monday, June 17, 2013

Anne Peoples 1860's, Texas

This tin-type fit this week's Sepia Saturday prompt so well, I couldn't help participate (even if I'm a little late)! Anne Peoples is wearing elaborate earrings, a necklace, and a brooch, as well as a gold ring that has been carefully tinted.

The back of this badly damaged picture is almost as interesting of the front. Someone (Anne herself?) used a scrap bit of notebook paper as a backing and made it very clear the photo belonged to her. I'm not sure what "H.I.A" stands for. Is there anyone who might know?

If you know who this may be, let us know in the comments!

Click to see more lovely jewelry!


  1. Maybe Farside could help with the dating? I'm guessing about 1885-ish? and that she is newly married (age: 20-ish).

    H.I.A. baffles me - I can only think of "Here I Am" (as in "yours truly" and "Herself in the flesh".)

  2. I have a picture with that same pink frame. It must have been THE THING.

  3. Spot on! Thank you for joining us this week and we look forward to seeing you again. I've put the prompt up extra early this week so that you can have a think.

  4. What a wonderful image, and a great contribution to Sepia Saturday, thank you. You might not be aware of this, but due to the way it was produced, the tintype is actually a reversed image. The finger on which the ring appears is therefore actually her right hand, rather than her left. This suggests the ring has been added with gold paint, rather than just tinted. The photographer, knowing that the image would be reversed, has asked the subject to display her right hand prominently in that manner, spoecifically to show off the ring which was actually on the other hand which you can't see (at least that's the likely scenario).

    You will find another example of this phenomenon which I wrote about a few years ago here, and there you can see both the original and the "added" rings. That example is an ambrotype, but they were likewise reversed images.

    1. That's interesting, I had no idea. Thank you for sharing! And I wonder if that's why her other hand is hidden?

    2. Yes, I suspect that is indeed the case.

  5. Oh yes, I have seen that lovely pink too! Thanks for sharing this ring information, it's funny how there were little secrets along with even paintings, like the price went up for each added arm or hand added to the painting. Great to know these things.