Who Were They?

Lost and forgotten photos from the past

I called this lady “the hat lady” when sorting through my CdV collection because of all the CdVs I have, I have very few of women in hats. Aside from the hat, she also has a delicate bar pin and some kind of puffy thing, as well as at least a dozen buttons but probably more like 15-18. The photographer was Oleson of 226 & 228 Washington Ave. South, Minneapolis, MN.

UPDATE: from Far Side of Fifty, the Oleson studio was in operation from 1887 to 1889, so we can comfortably date this photo in that range. Thanks!!

2 thoughts on “The hat lady

  1. Oh this is a great CdV..I love her hat! Here is some info on the Oleson Studio.

    Address: 228 Washington Avenue South, Minneapolis, Minnesota

    Dates of operation: 1887-1889

    Address: 226 Washington Avenue South, Minneapolis, Minnesota

    Decades Worked in Minnesota: 1870s; 1880s; 1890s
    John Oleson died in 1881, his wife Anna took over his business, she remarried in 1889 and her new husband took over. So I bet your CdV is from 1887 to 1889. :)


  2. IntenseGuy says:

    Wowsers. I pity anyone with arthritis trying to do all those buttons. She seems to have a good complexion – Its a shame there is hardly anyway to determine who she might be…


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