I am feeling pretty good tonight (thank you Vicodin) so I will try to put in a couple posts. This photo was identified on the back as Marnie or Mamie Clugston and dated January 20, 1890. In the album the person who went around identifying people wrote Fannie Clugston, Indiana. My guess is the name is truly Marnie / Mamie as it was probably written closer to the date of the photo. Her dress is very interesting. It appears to be composed of loosely rusched voile or other lightweight fabric, which was secured to an under layer. The neckband is probably 1 1/2″ high and shows off a lovely brooch and a strand of pearls above it. She may also be wearing earrings, I can’t quite tell.
The photo was made by Dot’s Studio in Columbia City, Indiana. We know that the fancy deckled edges of the card stock were available between 1886-1900 but were most popular in the 1890s. I cannot see the sleeves of the dress to give a better date, but I’ll go with the 1890s.