This Cabinet card is a portrait of a young woman, in fine fashion, posing for photographer Thomas A. Rust in India. She is holding something in her hands but the object is unclear. Research reveals that Thomas Alfred Rust was one of the most well known early photographers in India. One source states he was active in Allahabad and Mussoorie between 1900s and 1920’s. Another reference states he was active in India and Asia between 1880 and circa 1889.  It would be fascinating to know why this woman was in India and what she was experiencing at the time of this photograph.

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  1. This is really a beautiful photograph. The fabric is unusual, I wonder what it is?

    She is holding her leather gloves in her hands, and something else with a strap I can’t identify. A purse perhaps?

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