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The Letter: 1906

The Letter: 1906

"The Letter." New York, 1906. Studio portrait of the Gerson sisters in costume for the Crinoline Ball. 8x10 glass negative by Gertrude Käsebier. View full size.


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Such Elegance

Such a beautiful picture. The detail and elegance of the dresses comes through. The beauty of the young ladies is evident. Makes me want to go to a ball and waltz the night away!

Lovely Gowns

The lovely gowns on these sisters remind me of paper dolls I had as a child, with Victorian costumes based on fashions found in Harper's Bazaar. I remember the dolls' names: Beatrice, Caroline, and Abigail (which happens to be my name).

The Gersons

Two of the three Gerson sisters one being married to American painter William Merritt Chase. The home of the Gerson sisters, Virginia, Minnie, and Alice composed something of an artist's salon in the late 19th century.

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