Mystery lady in between the pages of a book

Mystery Lynn woman

Some 30 years ago, Tanya McClurkin bought a book at a book fair at the Lynn Public Library. Inside, she found this photo. Now she's hoping for some help in identifying the lady to possibly give it to any surviving relatives.

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    Good luck

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    I have photos from the early part of the 20th century that were handed down by family members and most likely are OF family members, but there truly is no one who knows who the people in those photos are. I fear that is the case here. Unless that woman is somehow at least marginally "famous", figuring out who she is will be next to impossible.

    Looking forward to being proven wrong.

    Maybe research Arthur Glines?

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    Arthur Glines operated a photography studio on Winter Street roughly 1890 - 1900, after which he moved to Boylston Street and helped establish "Photographer's Row" on that street. I remember Bachrach Photography remaining until around the late 1990s early 2000s on Boylston. Glines also apparently worked in Newton before, and after his studio was in Boston.

    I've heard and read about boxes of unlabeled, identified photos at Mass. Historical Society and perhaps also at Boston Public Library.

    I suppose the key would be to find out who inherited Glines' estate, along with possible records yielding clues to this photo.

    I'm intrigued, I hope this lady is id'd!

    !!!!

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    A naked calf!!!

    That ear

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    is most alluring. And her delicate cheek, and her fine figure, and her clear but mysterious gaze...

    I am mad with desire.

    It's all fake

    whalebone corsets and other feminine trickery has been used to beguile you and while you're lost in an erotic reverie, BAM! women's suffrage bursts onto the political landscape. Classic misdirection.

    Start-up opportunity?

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    Use facial recognition technology to help archivists match known to unknown photos. Probably not a lot of money in it but certainly very cool. And what family doesn't have boxes of photos and albums of long-forgotten relatives and friends, doomed to the dustbin of anonymity?

    Does the book offer any clues?

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    I wonder if the book it came in could offer some insight - maybe the subject matter of the book itself, or if the Lynn Library had any information on it. It would be amazing if they still had the borrowing history of the book on an old card or early computer catalog, but I know that's a long shot...

    Thank you.

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    Thank you.

    "What was the book?" was first or second thought to my mind.

    Glad I'm not the only one.

    I would date the photo based

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    I would date the photo based on the woman's clothes and hairstyle. Maureen Taylor (The Photo Detective) has written a few books on this topic that the BPL probably has. My guess is that this woman comes from some wealth since her dress looks expensive and is nicely tailored. Perhaps her family is from Lynn and she had this photograph taken in Boston for her soon to be husband right after she became engaged? Anyway, after estimating the age of the photo, post it on deadfred.com to see if it looks familiar to anyone. Odds are like finding a needle in a haystack, but you just might be able to figure out mystery woman's identity!

    Lizzie

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    Lizzie Borden comes to mind...

    Same time period

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    Yeah, I've seen a photo of Lizzie Borden in a very similar outfit. But this chick is much cuter than Lizzie was. And, hopefully, less violent!

    Ahem

    Lizzie Borden was acquitted.

    If, for no other reason than there were any number of people who had bad dealings with her parents.

    Is there anything about the

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    Is there anything about the photo that dates it to a specific range of years? Such as - does the studio's logo have an address that can be matched to a range in time.

    Young woman could be anywhere from late teens to about 30.

    How exclusive was this portrait studio? How likely that clientele would be drawn from particular neighborhoods/towns?

    From what I've seen, any family from lower-middle class up could afford a portrait for a special occasion. Middle-class & up suggests to me an increased likelihood that the young woman had the opportunity to finish high school.

    If a date range for the photograph could be established, then if somebody had access to old yearbooks and class portraits from girls' high schools, finishing schools, and colleges for the preceding 12 years or so, to search faces....

    Another idea would be to search through old womens fashion magazines & Godey's Lady's book etc... to figure out if her outfit cle

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    Is there anything about the photo that dates it to a specific range of years? Such as - does the studio's logo have an address that can be matched to a range in time.

    Young woman could be anywhere from late teens to about 30.

    How exclusive was this portrait studio? How likely that clientele would be drawn from particular neighborhoods/towns?

    From what I've seen, any family from lower-middle class up could afford a portrait for a special occasion. Middle-class & up suggests to me an increased likelihood that the young woman had the opportunity to finish high school.

    If a date range for the photograph could be established, then if somebody had access to old yearbooks and class portraits from girls' high schools, finishing schools, and colleges for the preceding 12 years or so, to search faces.... Maybe also the social register - deb's ball.

    Another idea would be to search through old womens fashion magazines & Godey's Lady's book etc... to figure out if her outfit reveals the year or her financial/social status.

    1890s Portrait

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    Her bangs and costume are 1890s, and her modest (but not cheap) jewelry suggests that she is solidly middle class (delicate earrings, tiny pearl necklace, bar pin with a cluster of pearls in the center) — unless I'm mistaking pearls for diamonds. The jewelry is in better focus in the Facebook post but I can't tell.

    Arrow-shaped pins were popular in the 1890s — May Archer received an expensive diamond one as prize after winning an archery contest in Edith Wharton's "The Age of Innocence."

    This woman's age and this very basic style of half-portrait with no scenic background strikes me as a college graduation or possibly an engagement photo.

    If Arthur Glines had accounts with any local women's colleges or teachers' academies, etc., the owner of the photo could hunt around for those archives from the 1890s and perhaps ID this young lady. I'd start with Simmons and Radcliffe.

    I recognize this photo....

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    I believe I recognize this Picture. I have seen this photo at home, I am almost certain.