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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

Have You Seen Me?

Have You Seen Me?

New York circa 1922. Our third look at the Shorpy Mystery Lady, a.k.a. "Farrahan," a.k.a. "Farnham," and possibly your Great-Aunt Agatha. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

My take

Does anyone get the feeling that these shot are not really documentation, be designed to be titillating? I know, not by modern standards, but there certainly is a lot of "exotic" things in the photographs. Combine that with our cultures perception that anyone who does not ascribe to cultural norms is probably liberal in bed too.

The woman's expression might either be an agreement that although the pictures need to be sexy, the woman herself cannot be flirty or interested in sex (so they can be sold as art or journalism), or the photographer found a woman who will do the modeling, and too the pictures demanded, ignoring the face of the model for the rest of the subject of the photograph.

Or maybe I read too much into things.

The word I am looking for

Comely

Drawing a blank

I find this woman's utter lack of expression very irritating. Her face is a complete blank. Come on, Miss Farra-farnham-whoever-you-are, crack a smile or something!

She might be

Great at poker. The expression on the lady woud be hard to read. Does she have a "high card" or a "full house"?

The Dark Side

Black onyx scarab ring -- this lady was definitely into the occult studies!

Pensive or sad?

She does not look like a very happy lady.

She looks quite a bit older

She looks quite a bit older in this shot. Whether the light's less forgiving here or more flattering elsewhere I don't know, but it might affect our guess of who she is.

Clothes-envy

It isn't often I am madly envious of clothing styles on Shorpy, but I am totally lusting over her outfit and earrings. She looks fabulous.

Found at last!

Where have you been Aunt Agatha? You have missed so many family gatherings and Uncle Albert wants you to come home. Please let us hear from you!

A love for all things ancient Egypt

The mystery woman appears to be wearing a scarab ring on her right hand. (If you look closely, you can see that the stone has lines carved into it.) This would have been around the right time for the rise in popularity of Egyptian revival ornamentation.

 
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