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Saturday, October 31, 2015

Happy Halloween! (Unsolved - Maybe not! - New Information!)

Glass negatives continue to fascinate me. This one clearly came from a glass negative but with no attribution I can only guess the year - I will stay conservative and guess the early 1900's. 
Is it Halloween? Or is it a photogenic murderer? Costume party contestant?  From a closer look at the hand our subject is male - this cross-dressing confuses research - mine anyway. The best possibility is this being a depiction of Lizzie Borden who was accused then acquitted by jury of the murder of her parents in 1892.  What do you think?

A Redditor has commented that it could be a depiction of Carrie Nation. A staunch, and I mean STAUNCH supporter of the Christian Women's Temperance Union who died in 1911. Carrie was known to go after drinking establishments with a hatchet in hand. You can read more about her here.

This image maybe says it all -

That certainly cancels my guess of "Molly Hatchet." If you were caught drinking in her day you were definitely "Flirt'n with disaster..."

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