ATTRACTIVE COUPLE IN WEST POINT, MISSISSIPPI (NOTE THE WOMAN’S PINCE NEZ)

This vintage photograph features an attractive and well dressed young couple. Perhaps this photo is a wedding picture. The couple are wearing formal clothing and the woman is flashing a ring on the ring finger of her left hand. The gentleman is wearing a wide collar as well as cuff links. The woman has what appears to be a tied loose cord hanging loosely from her waist. I wonder what the purpose is of the cord. Is it just for fashion sake? The woman is also wearing a pince nez, a style of glasses popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The glasses stay on the wearers face by pinching the bridge of their nose. The glasses have no earpieces. An inscription, lightly written in pencil on the reverse of the photograph provides us with some information about the photograph. The photo was taken in 1903 or 1904. The studio was located in West Point, Mississippi. It is situated in the Northeast section of the state. In 1909, President William Taft visited West Point, Mississippi and made some remarks as he stood on the platform of the last train car. This vintage photograph measures about 6″ x *8″ and is in very good condition (see scans).

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  1. What a lovely photograph–the superb attire and perfect coiffures of both, proclaim affluence with a capital “A.” It’s also evident from the appearance of their hands that neither seem to have done much manual labor. Both appear very self-confident; so much so that the lady has not removed her spectacles for their portrait–this strikes me as very unusual for that era. As for the white cord the lady is wearing–you could be correct that this is a wedding portrait. The cord has been a symbol associated with weddings, the loops signifying union and protection. Religious couples often incorporate a three-stranded cord into their ceremony, symbolizing the marriage bond of bride, groom and God. However, the cord she’s wearing may also be simply a fashion choice; would be so interesting to know! Could also be an engagement photo, as there is no ring visible on the gent’s left hand. Thanks for sharing, much for an amateur historian like myself to enjoy and speculate upon!


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