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Vintage photos of:
Jessie McNamee Utica April 1890 - (reverse) Taken at the Lunatic Asylum in Utica April 1890.
What was the occasion I wonder? There was an asylum in Utica, NY. Visiting someone? Posing? A recreational visit? I love this image, especially the good humor and the stylish hats - they add whimsy to a very strange and mysterious photo.