Pleased to meet you?

I giggle a little every time I look at this cabinet card, because the couple looks so stiff and uncomfortable, like it’s the first time they ever met. But noting that they both are wearing a flower corsage, I really suspect this is their wedding photo. Maybe an arranged marriage? Oh my.

The photographer was Van Drimmelen of Sioux Center, IA and I will date this to the 1890s. The photograph has that “look” of the collodion process as well, suggesting it was made after 1894. It’s in the sharp colors and contrast, plus a bit of a blue tint to the mount.


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