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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • VINTAGE ALASKA, c. 1920s

Game Over: 1902

Game Over: 1902

Washington, D.C., between February 1901 and December 1903. "Emerson, Mrs. R.B." 5x7 inch glass negative from the C.M. Bell portrait studio. View full size.

 

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Another Shot

Here is another image of Mrs. Emerson on an equally spurious plate. This was found on the Library of Congress site.

Dangerous Dabblings

Last known photo of Mrs. Emerson before she disappeared mysteriously, consumed by the living darkness.

Only her hairdresser knows for sure

At first glance it looks as though she is wearing a black hat with a six-foot wingspan, with about eighty-five pounds of luxuriously thick, curly hair billowing out from the top of that, like Marie Antoinette's outrageous coiffure minus the birdcage. Then you catch sight of her woebegone expression and know that even then, she knew: Time is undefeated. I hope her preternaturally long thumb indicated a lengthy life.

Game IS Over

It's over for that negative. Must not have had careful storage. I have an old daguerreotype that is almost that old. Has held up real well.

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