Long, beautiful hair

Returning to the Red Velvet Album we feature a CdV of a young girl showing off her long, beautiful hair. It is tied with a ribbon and draped over her right shoulder. A woman’s hair was definitely a point of pride in the 19th century! She also has a lovely bar pin at her throat.

The photographer was Judkins in Bismark, Dakota Territory. As we learned recently, Dakota Territory existed for a short period of time, so the photograph can be dated between 1861-1889. We can further narrow the time frame to between the mid-1880s to 1889 based on the use of a dark card. These dark colors were introduced in the mid ’80s, and while they were used through to the mid ’90s, Dakota Territory became South and North Dakota in 1889.


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Little Nell
    Apr 05, 2012 @ 07:17:27

    That really is beautiful hair. After all the trouble she went to with her brooch and hair, I wonder why she used ribbon which was frayed. Still a lovely picture.


  2. IntenseGuy
    Apr 05, 2012 @ 15:05:34

    I think she looks a lot like the girl in a previous photo – the one where the girl was badly framed – and didn’t have hardly any hair at all.


  3. Far Side of Fifty Photos
    Apr 07, 2012 @ 07:58:27

    She does look like the other gal..the nose and the eyebrows..sisters maybe if this is not the same gal. Her hair is beautiful:)


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  6. Liutgard
    Jan 26, 2014 @ 20:20:37

    In Dakota Territory in that time frame- she was a contemporary of Laura Ingalls Wilder- and for all we know, they knew each other!


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