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CDV: Hairnet

Posted in 1860s, CDV, young women with tags , , , on December 2, 2008 by Alinka Lesbianka
Girl in Hairnet, c. 1860-64

CDV: Girl in Hairnet, c. 1860-64



Backmark: F.S. Keeler, S.E. Corner Eighth & Market Streets, Philada. This Negative will be preserved for One Year. No. 637?

Subject: Young woman

This woman’s dark, straight hair is parted in the center and confined in back in a low-lying bun or twist. Her hair is covered by a hairnet covered with tiny beads at every join.
It is clear from the mass of hair at the sides that she is using fake hair. The width begins about an inch above and directly on top of her ears. The hair appear to be rolled back (away from the face) into a very thick braid or series of rolls. Note how far down her neck her hair rolls lie.

Her dress appears to be a barred (what we now call ‘widowpane’) silk. She wears a white collar basted in, about 1″ wide at the fronts with rounded edges. There is a brooch pinned where the collar meets at CF. There are decorative buttons down the front placket opening.


– What is the lacey type white thing showing at the bottom of her hair? Is it her collar sticking up, or something else?