This week’s photo appears to be a formal family photograph at first glance. However, upon further inspection there seems to be something odd going on. What do you think is happening in this photograph and what is its purpose? Don’t forget to send in your thoughts and captions; you can post them here on the blog or on our Facebook page.
Last Friday’s photograph featured two unknown women, working together from either end of a table. We had asked if anyone knew who they were or what they were doing, and got some great feedback. J.G. Burdette commented on our blog that, “it looks like they’re either framing or ‘un-framing’ photographs.” A comment from Sue Garvin said that it, ”looks like the women in the blog are scrapbooking!” Nancy Gentile wrote that, “They are creating a photo album? Not sure what they are working with- something to do with tintype photos?” Finally, Ashley Hurlburt thought that these sisters are “bonding and of course gossip[ing] about each one of the people in the photographs.” After reading the comments that we received, there seems to be some consensus that these women are working with photographs, but exactly what they are doing still remains unknown. Our best guess is that these late nineteenth century women are probably sisters [maybe even twins, did you notice how similar they look?!], and that they are processing photographs. Even though we don’t know who these women are, we DO know that this photo was taken in Effingham, a small town in Illinois, and is part of our Hasbrouck/Schooley Collection.