Fancy masking

Staying in Cambridgeboro, PA we now have a lovely young lady who’s photo was masked in an interesting style. The image has been masked with a decorative shape reminiscent of a scroll. It is a shame we cannot see more of the dress the subject is wearing. I would like to know if the diagonal stripes go further down the chest or if those two are the only ones. The dress has another asymetrical feature in the line of buttons being off center.While she is young, you can tell she is already wearing a corset from the shape of her torso. Children were put into stays as young as four or five years of age to train their bodies for the more restrictive garments they would begin wearing as young ladies.

The photographer this time is Wishart. The deckeled edge of the photo tells us it was made in the 1890s, but I’d ventury early in the decade because of the dress style.

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