This cabinet card portrait features a portrait of a pretty woman dressed in black. Possibly, she is wearing a mourning dress. She is wearing smooth black leather gloves and holding her purse. The young lady appears to have had trouble looking at the camera. She seems unfocused and is staring blankly away from the camera. This posed portrait would not make great advertising for the photographer who took this photograph. The studio that produced this image was operated by  Walter E. Chickering, who was located in Boston, Massachusetts. Mr. Chickering was a well-known Boston photographer and some of his images can be viewed by clicking on the category “Photographer: Chickering, W.”. Please note that a second photographer, who shared the name Chickering, was also a well known Boston photographer. His full name was Elmer Chickering.

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  1. If you were right with the mourning dress, her absent-minded expression makes more sense to me and is probably matching fine with her own intentions?

  2. I agree. I think there is a wistful – or certainly not straight on, smiling presence that is appropriate in this kind of mourning presentation. – A wonderful overview of the mourning fashion in this period. Thanks.

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