Opal Clark

This is a real photo postcard with the AZO mark and triangles in the corners of the stamp area pointing up, so we can date it between 1904-1918. The young lady pictured is Opal Bernard or Vernard Clark. Judging by her short skirt, I would say she is younger than 15 in this photo. Following Victorian traditions, girls were dressed in short skirts from infancy to about 13 years old, at which time their clothing still featured short skirts but modeled a more adult look. At her coming of age, between 15-18 years of age, a young woman’s clothing took on the full adult styles. Considering this young girl was born between 1890-1905 there is a good likelihood her parents followed the Victorian tradition to some degree.

Who knew that “Opal Clark” would be such a popular name? There are numerous entries on the census for this name within that time frame! It’s frustrating to know who the subject is and yet not be able to find the subject.


5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. IntenseGuy
    Jun 17, 2011 @ 08:28:10

    Opal Venard (b. 1896 in Greene County, Ohio) married Mason L. Clark (b. 1894, Madison Co., Ohio) on 16 Oct 1913.

    The 1920 US census shows them living in Greene County, Ohio with 5 year old son, Lawrence Clark.


  2. IntenseGuy
    Jun 17, 2011 @ 08:29:45

    CLARK, LAWRENCE (b, 21 Jul 1914, d. Sep 1985 in Broward, FL) Perhaps we can find some living offspring.


  3. Mrs Marvel
    Jun 17, 2011 @ 09:56:06

    I love how you make it look so easy! Only 28 minutes after I post this, you have all her vitals. Seriously, I hope you get paid for this somehow! :-)


  4. IntenseGuy
    Jun 17, 2011 @ 17:58:18

    I got lucky – the hardest part is finding the living family members. :)


  5. Far Side of Fifty
    Jun 18, 2011 @ 06:55:48

    Way to go Iggy! This gal looks to have a dotted swiss type fabric for her blouse..very interesting. Seventeen and married..and by 19 she has a baby..I hope she had a good life:)


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