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Mona Cornelia: 1896

Mona Cornelia: 1896

New York, 1896. Cornelia Montgomery in a studio portrait by Gertrude Käsebier (1852-1934). 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative. View full size.

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I am curious how you dated this photograph as 1896? I'm doing a little Kasebier research and can't find a date on this one.


[The date is from a Google Books search. Among the sources returned: "Women's Camera Work" by Judith Fryer Davidov, and "Prints & Photographs: Understanding, Appreciating, Collecting," by Madigan and Colgan. The LOC dates this series of portraits of Montgomery in Renaissance costumes (here in a Mona Lisa pose) at circa 1900. The books give 1896 as the date. - Dave]

Mona Lisa

Could it be that we've got our own American Mona Lisa?

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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