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La Belle Fille: 1900

La Belle Fille: 1900

Circa 1900. "Portrait of a woman." Our third visit with this pensive model. Dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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"Cork-looking" thing

The "cork-looking" thing on her back is probably the top of her corset, near where the lacing is. They tend to stick out a bit there since the area where it's laced is stiffer than the surrounding coutil.


Her hair is so thick and soft against her neck, falling down her spine. Breathtaking.


They could put her in a potato sack for all I care. Be still my heart!

WHO is she?

I wish someone could identify this women. I would love to know about her and what happened after her modeling/acting career.

[Indeed. Who ARE this women? - Dave]

Window dressing

Again with the drapes! Couldn't this photographer spring for some outfits?

Utterly gorgeous - -

except for that cork-looking thing between her shoulder blades. She should have been draped in silk. But even if she was covered in corks, she'd still be gorgeous.

So now we know

Not a rich old man's plaything, nor the wife-to-be of our exuberant-looking lifeguard, but an artists' model. Well, maybe all three, I hope so. Good image, Better image, and now Best Image. I'm starting a photo album, tell peeps she in my ancestor.

But who was she?

It's not Evelyn Nesbitt. Someone suggested she was the face of the "Gibson Girl." But what was her name? She would have been a one of the great beauties of any era, any century. Today she'd get rich and famous. A century ago all she could expect was the probability of a "good" marriage to some guy with a trust fund. Jim Smith

Do Not!

Turn around and look at me now. My heart couldn't take it. To me this is the best of the three.

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