Photo Friday: a 19th century photographic journey

My name is Kathryn and I am a summer intern at Historic Huguenot Street. I recently graduated from SUNY New Paltz and have a BA in Anthropology with a minor in History. I was nervous about graduating and unsure of what lie ahead, but my enthusiasm for history brought me here to Huguenot Street. Even though I am only a few days into the internship, I have already learned more than I could have possibly hoped.

This summer we are going to begin a new weekly blog post called, Photo Friday. Each Friday we will post an historic photograph so that you can become involved in the fascinating history of Huguenot Street from your home. The images are meant to evoke questions and comments, and we hope that you can provide a caption and an interpretation of the weekly photo. The following week we will post what information we know about that picture. While some of these photographs have documentation, others have little to none, and are among the thousands of unidentified photos in our collection. You may even know who the person in the photo is.

The first photograph that we are going to begin with is featured in our Through the Lens exhibit here on Huguenot Street at the Dubois Fort Visitor Center. At first glance, I was confused about what these two women could possibly be doing. I enlarged it for a better look, but was still unsure of their activity. What do YOU think the women in this photograph are doing? (The images have been scanned at a high resolution so that when you click on them, you can get a close up view.)

-AND- Thanks to the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum for the inspiration for this idea.

– Kathryn Marks, Summer 2012 Intern

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One Response to Photo Friday: a 19th century photographic journey

  1. It looks like they’re either framing or ‘un-framing’ photographs.

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