This week I will share another of my ladies faces. As a costume maker, she is interesting to me for two features. The first is she obviously weighs more than 85 pounds. When you touch a few existant dresses and they all have waists that I can easily span with my hands you can get the twisted perception that I am not authentic in SIZE. Here is a poser for you. If Queen Victoria was so revered, why didn’t all the girls start packing on the pounds to look like her?
The fabric of her bodice seems to be a dark-colored lace with a floral motif. I might like to try to make a top out of this type of material.
For dating, I couldn’t narrow it down to anything more than a guess. The hair says late 80s. The bodice could be a shirtwaist that is moving into the pigeon front of the 1900s. The bodice could also be from the 90’s like the one Truly Victorian has a pattern for.
The Photographers label reads “Drew Dover, N.H.” I found a few interesting sites mentioning him. The first is a list of business men, which was written in 1890. His name is the second one on the page. It says he started his business in 1859 and by 1890 he was doing very well for himself. He had 3 large rooms in his studio, had 7 assistants and provided a framing services for his photographs. He was considered quite artistic.
The next page I found says the poor mans business was wiped out by a flood and fire in 1896. He must have rebuilt because the page also says he retired in 1914 and died at the age of 81 in 1917.
The back of the card had an interesting statement….What is the instantaneous process? For all you photo geeks, you probably already know. Photo geek wanna bes go here. The answer is about a quarter of the way down. Basically, the instantaneous reference is not for the developing process but for the length of time required to sit for the photograph. This process was a real bonus for subjects who had a hard time sitting still (children, animals, elderly with aches, pains and tremors). This process was getting popular in the 1870s (which doesn’t help us with dating.) I couldn’t find a reference for when the process stopped being popular because all the articles I found usually went in the direction of how this process quickly lead to the idea of moving pictures. (Several instantaneous photographs of a moving subject documents the movement).
Tomorrow I bring you a photo shoot of fun! Till tomorrow!