Who Were They?

Lost and forgotten photos from the past

This 1870s-80s image features an attractive woman in heavily embellished dress. Note all the tiny pleats that surround the front of the bodice, as well as the netted trim on her neck tie. It has been carefully laid flat to show off the handiwork. Netting is among the lace techniques that I have never learned and seem to be fading into the past. She also has a pin in the center of her collar and quite large earrings. There is a visible headband or comb on top of her head, in front of her large braid crown. It’s a lovely, nicely composed image.

The photographer of this fine image was A. A. Line of Carlisle, PA, at the SE corner of Market Square and Main Street. The current presence of a Farmer’s Market in Carlisle has hindered my sleuthing, so we will have to simply imagine what the area looked like at the time.

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