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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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The Letter: 1906

The Letter: 1906

"The Letter." New York, 1906. Studio portrait of the Gerson sisters in costume for the Crinoline Ball. 8x10 glass negative by Gertrude Käsebier. View full size.

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Such Elegance

Such a beautiful picture. The detail and elegance of the dresses comes through. The beauty of the young ladies is evident. Makes me want to go to a ball and waltz the night away!

Lovely Gowns

The lovely gowns on these sisters remind me of paper dolls I had as a child, with Victorian costumes based on fashions found in Harper's Bazaar. I remember the dolls' names: Beatrice, Caroline, and Abigail (which happens to be my name).

The Gersons

Two of the three Gerson sisters one being married to American painter William Merritt Chase. The home of the Gerson sisters, Virginia, Minnie, and Alice composed something of an artist's salon in the late 19th century.

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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