I picked up this carte de visite in a local antique shop. It is of a woman and a baby, which I assume is her child, and was taken in my city, Winnipeg.
The photographer is Fredrick W Parkin and he was in the studio at 490 Main street from 1894-1905. The woman’s dress has the large sleeves associated with the 1890’s so we can assume this photograph is from that decade. She is identified on the back.
I read the inscription as “Mrs. Joseph Frament. Oak Lake, French. I think the lady is married to Joseph Frament but I was unable to find him. She was from Oak Lake Manitoba which is near Winnipeg. And the word “French”…? Was this a notation that she was French? I wonder why that notation was more important than her given name of the name of the baby.
I like it when my photographs have names. I love it more when I can find out more about them from the names but it didn’t turn out that way this time.