Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Unknown Young Actress 1890's, New York, New York

This unique 1890's cabinet card depicts a young African American woman in an extravagant dress, with large puffed sleeves, lace, and a long train. Perhaps the most interesting part of this picture is the photography studio: Kern Bros Instantaneous Portraits. I couldn't find much on the Kern brothers, though a quick search showed that they mainly did portraits of actors, singers, and circus performers. The studio began in New York in the early 1890's as Obermuller and Kern and lasted into the 1900's. It's possible that this woman was a stage actress, though no more information is given on the picture.

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

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Unknown Wedding Party 1880's, Mapleton, Iowa

The back reads:
"Grandma and Grandpa's wedding picture
Aunt Til- Grandma's sister
Uncle John- Grandpa's brother"

This wedding photo looks to be from the 1880's. The bride is wearing a dark, possibly brown dress, which was cheaper and more practical than a white dress. In her hair she is wearing a crown of flowers with long, trailing vines, which were very popular at this time and into the early 1900's. Unfortunately, no last names are given so I can't find out who they are!

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