December 5, 2008

Help Me Name This Woman


As I was saying in my last post, I like to buy photographs of people I don't know. I bought this little tin type today because I thought it would be perfect for a project. It measures 1.75" x 3". It isn't in the best shape, but the price was right. From what I understand, tin types were used from the 1850s until the early 1900s. Taking ones photo was certainly a planned event - no digital snap shots there!


I want to include a name for her in my project and thought perhaps 'Sarah' would fit. She probably is wearing her best polka dot dress. I wonder, did she make it, or was it 'store bought'? She looks groomed without fuss, and her hands look as if they were used to doing work. Was she married with children, and where did she live? What is 'Sarah's' story? Can you help me name her?

11 comments:

Twila Grace said...

How wonderful that you are doing this! The name Ann or Anna came to me. She must have liked some variety and fun in her best dress since she has polka dots rather than a solid color.

Cindy said...

Actually, Sarah works for me. I love that her "best dress" is spotted rather than plain. It's a great picture!

Barb V. said...

I like Sarah too. Isn't her necklace pretty? I hope she had a happy life, she doesn't look too happy in this picture!

Lola Enchanted said...

Hedra or Margeret came to me!

lyndasthompson said...

Ethel is the name that came to me. How fun...

Skye said...

I think her name is Eliza Ann..She's a wife, mother and the town's seamstress. She enjoys church and has this one special dress just for this occassion..Her lovely necklace was a wedding gift from her father given to her just before her and her new husband left the comfortable surroundings of Philadelphia to travel west.

Anonymous said...

Most of my relatives of that period were Sarah's or Margarets. I think she was married to a farmer and has 8 children, 4 boys and 4 girls. The girls all help with housework, laundry, etc. while the boys are working in the fields with their Dad. She is teaching the girls to sew, but they also bake bread often. They live in Wisconsin where it's cold in the winter, so they read the bible instead of going to school when it's snowy. Janene

Rachel Murphree said...

Pallas -- she looks like an Edwina to me. Her mother named her that because it was "fancy".

Sharon said...

To me she looks like a Martha or Margaret, those names were used a lot too in that period of time. I´m curious to see what you are going to create with this photo!

Lovely Art Goddess said...

Sarah looks sad. Her eyes are despondent, IMHO. I know it was common in that time to look plain at the camera and not smile, but the eyes are the window to the soul, and there is an emptiness there... a longing...

Renaissance Natalie said...

I don't know why, but the first name that came to mind when I saw her was Lucinda. Sarah works too, but she really just struck me as a Lucinda. :-)