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Musicale Alfresco: 1897

Musicale Alfresco: 1897

Our third visit with the Douglas family in Takoma Park, Maryland: Zilpha Minnie Childs Douglas (1859-1960) and her children Helen (1885-1987) and Willard (1887?-1960). The photographer was Edward Morehouse Douglas (1855-1932). It's interesting to note that the ladies here lived to be centenarians. View full size.

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The genetic endowment of females of that line is extraordinary.


There was a bit of a banjo fad in the 1890s, what is now sometimes called classical or parlor banjo. Bluegrass wouldn't be invented for another 50 years.


I love the ladies' cotton dresses. Zilpha looks so much more comfortably and informally dressed than my relatives appear in photos taken around the same time.


"A gentleman is one who knows how to play the banjo, but refrains."

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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