Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Young Woman

This picture shows a beautiful young woman. The picture was taken in 1900, and the woman's name was Evelyn Nesbit. She was a model and actress, and lived between 1884 and 1967. At the time of this photograph, she would have been 16 years old.

13 comments:

  1. Apparently she had a 47 year old lover when she was 16, a womanizer called Stanford White (who was a famous architect). A few years later she married a man called Harry Thaw. He was a bit obsessive, and finally (in 1906) shot Stanford at close range at a rooftop theatre, killing him while shouting ‘you ruined my wife’ or ‘you ruined my life’ (whatever is more appropriate). In exchange for a quiet divorce she testified Stanford had raped her. Thaw was declared insane, but he was released in 1915 after being judged sane…

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  2. Rob you beat me to the story on this one. She had quite the drama filled life.

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  3. Wow, and I thought that sort of stuff only went on these days!

    Just goes to show you. She does look like an interesting person, though. You can see it in her eyes.

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  4. Might I add that this photograph was taken by a woman who was also rather remarkable, and I'm sure as PjM is aware, noted for her photographs of American Indians.

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  5. Mathan ReannagachApril 7, 2009 at 9:18 AM

    Ragtime (1981)
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0082970/
    Hollywoody, but, it's the basic story.

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  6. Nice detail: the earthenware pitcher she is holding...

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  7. Came in on this a little late, but everyone beat me to the punch. Damn it.

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  8. "Harry's in trouble and Stanny's in Heaven, and Evelyn is in vau-de-ville!"

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  9. I'm impressed by your collective knowledge. She may not have been the best girl but she sure was a looker.

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  10. I just finished reading True Women, the story of some of your ancestors. Very interesting and informative.

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  11. Rebecca2,
    Hope you enjoyed the book. I thought it was pretty well done.
    PJM

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  12. Wow! If she is sixteen, I need to get an eye exam.

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  13. I've always liked the Gibson Girl look, and she was one of the models for that. I just finished reading a book about the Stanford-Nesbitt-Thaw triangle. Wow.

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