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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • JOIN THE NAVY, 1917

Ekin & Ekin: 1899

Ekin & Ekin: 1899

Circa 1899. "Ekin, L.M." Lorian Moreau Ekin, stenographic prodigy, and his new bride, the former Martha Lucile Agnew, last seen here. 5x7 inch glass negative from the C.M. Bell portrait studio in Washington, D.C. View full size.

 
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Clothing and appearance

The style of clothing and the concern of many regarding their appearance should be brought forward to the 21st Century. We all should learn how to improve our appearance. My father was born in 1895 and my father-in-law in 1896. They were always well dressed when it was appropriate. They wanted to pass this on to their families and future generations.

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Is it possible that this photograph and the previous one in this set were wedding photographs? I know (from family photos) that in the very early Twentieth Century, the types of photos taken fifty or more years later weren't done; the earlier versions were simpler and generally fewer in number.

[As noted in the caption, the photos were made at the Bell portrait studio in Washington; Lorian and Martha were married in West Virginia. - Dave]

Reading material

If they're as staid and "respectable" as they appear, that's probably not the Kama Sutra they're perusing so intently.

Certificated Teacher

Click to embiggen. Interesting to see how, thanks to Google's massive book-scanning project, learning shorthand in 1891 can get you on the Internet in 2017.

 
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