Two Women of 1908

Sometime about 1908, two women had a photographic portrait printed on postcards.

The two seem to have agreed to contrast one anther – one is in a light dress, the other in dark garb.

Some readers interpreted the figures as a mother and daughter.

The women in the darker dress, who is standing, sports an unusual piece of jewelry at her breast – I am not familiar with brooches or pins that have chains attached.

If this were a gentleman, one might deduce that it was a kind of watch fob.

(I will have to research women’s watches that could be worn as ornaments,)

Some thoughtful soul made an inscription on the reverse, “about 1908”.

This is frustratingly common – the figures are so well-recognized by the chronicler that they omit writing the names of the individuals.

Invariably, and unfortunately, after a single generation, no one can identify the subjects in the photograph.

There is no indication of a photography studio, but the reverse shows (around the block for a stamp) the word “Artur”.

“Artur” refers to a kind of paper that was supplied (under license) by the Eastman Kodak Company.

One hopes that the two women, their names unknown to us, enjoyed happiness and prosperity in the twentieth century.


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