Today’s cabinet card is definitely a reprint!
The style of hair is 1850s so I’m guessing that the original was taken then. The lower seam on the shoulder helps to back up my theory. It was reprinted, possibly in an effort to save the picture before the original completely faded away.
This card is useful to show the hair style which is not a flattering style if you do not have a dainty doll-like face. The swoops of hair draw the eye to the center of her face which is not this lady’s best feature.
This style does nothing for me either!
It makes the top of my head look narrower (as it does to the lady above) and the middle of my face look wider. Not a look I’m going for. When you add the very high neck line that frames my double chin you have a recipe for “Doomed to Remain Unmarried Ugly” or if you prefer “Guaranteed to be Cheated on Homely”. The only thing that saved my look was wearing my bonnet with the tie under my chin. It acted like a corset for my extra chin.
I wonder how many women fell into the trap of wearing a style that makes them look homely because it was in style.