Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Maine Women

This picture was taken in 1886, near Williams Maine. It looks as if the women in Maine also spent time in the woods. I find the variety of hats interesting.

16 comments:

  1. Could they be "Mail Order Brides" for the "Backwoods Boys"?

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  2. I'm not sure, but I *think* that's Oliver Hardy in the center of the back row! As Abe Lincoln said, "the Lord must surely like funny-looking people. He certainly made a lot of them."

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  3. Notice that the guy that snuck into this photo has on a round hat.
    R

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  4. Could the gentleman in the picture be the same as the Mountain Man in the August 9th photo, although he's wearing a different colored hat?

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  5. It looks as though the two women on either side of the "Mountain Man" might be vying for his attention....you can see it in their eyes that they seem to be sizing each other up..

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  6. Anon > August 9th photo

    I thought the same, the noses are
    alike and he has very soft eyes.
    Can't be sure, but they could be
    the same man.

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  7. How did you come to have all this Maine photos?

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  8. I agree with the previous posters - the man in this photo is definitely the same guy as in the August 9 photo. Same eyes, nose, and facial hairdo.

    Wow, he’s one lucky dude, isn’t he?? Imagine, having those two hotties sparring over him!!!

    From the corsages and hats, I’d guess that this photo commemorates some sort of celebration, gathering, or picnic. But why does everyone look so dour??

    Maybe the potato salad wasn’t good, there were too many bugs, or their outfits were too uncomfortable.

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  9. Except for the lady with the bank, everyone looks congenial.
    If that's the same man from August 9, he changed hats. Maybe he's posing so cozily because he's been drinking from that bottle in the August 9th picture. The man is really leaning on one woman, so she must be a wife or sister, people did not pose in such a familiar way in those days.

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  10. SmartGirl, photography was still not perfected in the 1880s, so people had to hold still. It is rare to find pictures of people smiling in photographs of this vintage.

    The various hats show a little bit about each woman: their age, social standing, style/taste, local trends etc. Very interesting.

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  11. How about a new photo of your peacocks?
    Did you get your chickens yet?
    R

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  12. PJM,
    This place sells chicks in very small quantities based on your proximity to larger post offices.
    http://www.mypetchicken.com

    There is a farmers market in San Angelo that advertised chickens and other fowl for sale. Sis you miss your chance to get chickens the easy way?

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  13. Not familiar with Williams Maine.

    There's a Williamsburg which is in a very rural area, pretty much a township up in the center of the state. Judging by the folks in the picture this could be the location


    There's also Ft Williams, along the Coast near Portland but although the land was purchased in the 1870's, that didn't really come into existence officially until 1899.


    Perhaps the town changed its name or was annexed into another adjacent town.

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  14. Norkio:

    I am well aware that duriing this era, the longer exposure times required that the subjects remain (or try to remain) montionless for an extended period of time to achieve a non-blurry photo.

    Hence, most of the people in these pictures appear to have those "staring eyes" that alwyas used to frighten me so much when I saw these photos as a child. I always used to wonder what was wrong with their eyes and why everyone in the past century looked like that.

    Then, as an adult, I dabbled in photography and took some course, including one in photographic history, and my questions were answered.

    However, notwithstanding the above, I still see the subjects in this picture as being somewhat stern in their countenances, above and beyond the limitations of the photography.

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  15. SmartGirl, no offense meant. I'm sorry that came out the wrong way.

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  16. The gal with the bangs looks similar to Susan Boyle. She's the Scotswoman that was recently on Britain's Got Talent.

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