The Photographed Woman – 1909 in Virginia USA

Rare photograph portraits from Rural America in 1909-1912

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Hundreds of female portraits made by an itinerant photographer named Hugh Mangum, who rode the trains to the small towns of North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia in 1909.
They’re notably unusual for the period by their informal and lighthearted style.

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Source – Duke University Library via Glamour Daze

Comments

  1. What a collection! It’s so wonderful to see women of this time having fun and seeing smiles! I think all too often we think of this as such a straight laced period that lacked humor.

  2. There must be more! Where are they?

    I’ve got quite a few pictures from this time period (family albums) and in every pose, the folks appear so stiff and formal.

    These photos really do show a different side of Victorian-era women.

    LOVE IT, but where are the rest!