Who Were They?

Lost and forgotten photos from the past

Here we have a CdV of a plain woman with a heavy necklace. She is also wearing two bracelets and a bar pin. Her ears stick out quite far, poor thing, and her face is small and plain. The photographer is Hawkins of Medina, Ohio. A search of photographers in Ohio reveals a number named Hawkins, but only one listed as active in Medina. Franklin I. Hawkins was active in Medina 1883 to at least 1900. He was born in 1849, and worked with John A. Hawkins, a dagguereotypist in Mansfield in 1881, before moving on to Medina and establishing himself. F.I. Hawkins lived until 1930. Based on this information, as well as her clothing, I’ll date this photo to 1885.

3 thoughts on “Heavy necklace

  1. IntenseGuy says:

    Looks like one of those chairs where they drape that curtain (or rug?) over the parent holding a baby she is leaning on.

    She is “mousey” looking. Probably a sharp as a tack though.


  2. Elisabeth says:

    That looks like a watch at the end of the necklace, don’t you think?


  3. I was thinking a watch too..or maybe a large locket… I bet she was more comfortable when it was fashionable to have your hair cover your ears.. I wonder if she hated this photo. Her hands look like she is used to hard work..they look like she gardens..just the impression I got:)


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