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Two Old Photographs Lillie Burgess, She Had Very Long Hair
A pair of pictures showing a lovely young woman identified in pencil on the back of one photo as 'Lillie Burgess.' One is a vanity picture in which she shows off her very long hair. The other photo appears to have been taken a few years later. Her hair is pinned up and her dress is more mature. The price shown buys the pair.
The two photos are in different formats:
1. Cabinet Card ca 1898. Standing image of Lillie looking chaste in white, with lace at neck and wrists and a wide, colored satin collar. Her hair is loose and falls nearly to her knees. She wears gold round-rimmed glasses. This image hints of money and a comfortable existence.
Beautiful condition, as shown. Light scratches in upper left corner are difficult to see without magnification. Card embossed, "W. J. Freeman, Studio Hildreth Building, Lowell, Mass." The image is 5 3/4 by 4 1/4 inches and the card stock backing measures 7 1/4 by 5 1/8 inches.
2. Professional photo portfolio ca 1905. Standing image of a slightly more mature Lillie, still bespectacled. There is a circular pin in the high collar of her crisply fashionable bodice pouched blouse and she also wears a chain necklace with pearl drops.
There is a slight smudge on the backing card, below the image, on the right. The card is embossed, "J. E. Purdy & Co. Boston." The back of the card has, "Lillie Burgess" written in pencil. Tissue paper over the photo inside a black heavy paper folder. The folder cover is embossed "J. E. Purdy & Co. 146 Tremont Street Boston" in fancy red script.
The image is 5 1/2 by 3 1/8 inches and the card stock backing it is attached to measures 9 by 5 7/8 inches. The heavy paper folder is slightly larger than the interior card stock.
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Z. Inness, Tryon, OK
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