Mrs. Bewildered?

Directly to the right of our “bewildered” subject in the last post is this woman in her amazing bustle dress. This is definitely late bustle (1882-1889) because of the size and prominence of the bustle, plus the gorgeous drape with what looks like velvet trim on probably wool gaberdine or the equivalent. I picture this in rose red velvet and nut brown wool, which was popular on the fashion plates of the time. Again the photographer is Hartley, a popular choice for the family.

We are just over half way through the Dobb Long Book. Coming up in the later images will be a few names. I desperately want to post them now, but I think the album order was important to the person who put it together. I’ll try to post more often so we can get to the names and Iggy can work his magic. :-)

PS Feeling much better – my daughter has shared two cases of stomach flu so far this winter, ugh! Thank you for your well wishes!


Next to Nina

This cabinet card from the Dobb Long Book is placed next to the funeral card of Mrs. Nina Dobb, which we previously looked at a few weeks back. I can only assume – based on how I personally assemble photo albums – that this young man was close to or related to Nina Dobb. He also bears some resemblance to our mustachioed entry the other day. Could these have been Nina’s husband and son?

Another Hartley Chicago photo. This was clearly a favorite photographer of the family.

Wedding portrait

I believe this lovely lady to be posing for her wedding portrait, based on the lovely flowers adorning her bodice. Her position in the Dobb Long Book is directly below Mr. Mysterious, so perhaps they were both sitting for their wedding portrait. She has a rather interesting turn to the pouf of her bangs, and such prodigious bangs they are. They must have been the inspiration for whatever it was we were doing with our hair in the 1980s! Her dress is satin brocade, and I am picturing it in deep red hues.

Hartley has been used by this family a couple times now. On my previous post I linked over to another website showing the back of a Hartley cabinet card that had even more text than this one. Given that this photo also has a bit of a lilac tint to it, I will date this to 1895.

Like mother, like baby

For some reason this baby looks just like its mother to me. I can’t tell the gender of the baby because there just wasn’t enough hair for Mother to style it into a center or side part to give us a clue. Baby’s dress is lovely. By the long sleeves I’m going to guess the child was born in the winter or spring months and is about three months old by the time of this photograph. I love the chubby little fingers spread out on the left hand.

Mother has a velvet bodice and some sort of contrasting fabric skirt. She also has a bit of lace on her collar, which is in keeping with the style of 1880 onward. The photographer was Hartley again, who’s work we saw previously here. Without seeing much more of the dress it is difficult to date the photo to a more precise time frame. I’ll venture to say mid 1880s.

How old is she?

It’s difficult to tell the age of this subject, as she looks mature, young, matronly and youthful all at the same time. The hair bow on the top of her head makes her look like a child in some ways and it’s not a flattering look. Her wide collar reminds me of the types of collars early teens wore in the 19th century, but at the same time her dress follows all the lines and style of a woman’s dress. She is an enigma, I’d guess about age 20. This is the top left of the second open page of the Dobb Long Book.

Speaking of the title of the book, when I was looking at it tonight I noticed it very specifically says Dobb “Long Book” suggesting that it isn’t two families, as Iggy speculated. I don’t know how I missed this when I introduced the book to you.

The photographer here was Hartley at 309 West Madison St, Chicago. A later example of the back of a cabinet card by Hartley can be found here showing “three immense floors alive with the best photographic talent possible to procure!” I believe this image in our collection to be from the early 1880s.

Nice plant

Today we feature an anonymous photograph on a cabinet card of a young girl, maybe aged 10-13. Note the incredibly lovely dead ivy adorning the stand. Nice. It’s rather surprising actually, because Hartley was a prolific photographer in the later 19th century. Edward F. Hartley (aka E. F. Hartley or E. Hartley) occupied 309 Madison, Chicago. He is known to have had an incredible output of CdVs and cabinet cards, you’d think he could afford a live plant. :-) An interesting note is that there is still a photographer using 309 Madison in Chicago, although Mr. Hartley has long since vacated.

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