This is a vintage advertising photo print of a woman referred to as the Cattaraugus Indian Princess. At the lower left is "Copyrighted 1909 by J.L. Blessing," standing for Jesse Lynn Blessing. She is on brown parchment paper and then on a tan background. Her name was Goldie Jamison Conklin and for a period of time, she worked as a model for the Cattaraugus Cutlery Co. of Little Valley, NY. Her photographic image was sent to customers as a premium from the cutlery company. She is also seen on postcards. She was wearing a beaded bag that she made herself. The Cutlery company was founded in 1882 and closed in 1963.
She is in a brown wood frame with old glass, a cardboard backing, and a wire for hanging.
Size: The frame is approximately 15 inches tall and 12 inches wide. Inside measurements from the back are approximately 14" by 11".
When I purchased this item, it had the typed note that is still attached to the back with the following information: "AH-WE-EYU (Pretty Flower) 1909. She is the subject in this early 20th century photograph with a soft focus background. Goldie Jamison was a Seneca of the Heron Clan from the Alleghany Reservation born in Salamanca, N.Y. 1892 and died in 1974. For a period of time, she worked as a model for the Cattaraugus Cutlery Co. This 6" by 9" photo became a 10" by 14" premium for their customers and can also be found in their advertising with some additions, and as a picture postcard. She became known as the "Cattaraugus Indian Princess." The photographer was J.L. Blessing of the Blessing Studio of Salamanca, N.Y. which was out of business in 1945. Blessing was likely working for the knife co. as well, hence the copyright. This item was purchased at a local estate as is. I have not examined the photo out of the frame. Dust does appear on the other side of the glass."
Condition: If you look closely at the photograph, you can see some handling wear on the photo with a small stain at the bottom center.