Friday, September 3, 2010

Lillian Russell

Today's picture was taken in 1898, and shows the actress Lillian Welsh. She was 37 at the time the picture was taken. This photo could have made it into Fancy Hat Week, or Pretty Lady Week, and maybe even into Fancy Dress Week. 

18 comments:

  1. Definately Pretty Lady Week!

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  2. She sure doesn't look like she is 37 years old.
    If she came into a bar that I was working at, I think I would have to card her.

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  3. So....is it Lillian Russell or Welsh? I can't believe Roger didn't catch that. Whichever....she is just lovely.

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  4. Are you sure it's Lillian Welsh? I couldn't find anything on her.

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  5. PJM, it's absolutely amazing that you post photos and commentary every day - and now, it's before you head off to school!

    Thanks.

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  6. How could she MOVE in that dress? The weight of all the pearls and geegaws sewn on, I bet the dress weight quite a lot.
    Beth

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  7. Is that a monical hanging by a strand of pearls? There is a lot of detail on that dress.

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  8. WOW . . . another mistake on my part. It is Lillian Russell. As you can see, I have been half asleep this week as I have been posting these things.
    PJM

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  9. I have enjoyed this week's pictures a lot. Thanks!
    Everything about her says beauty. No rolling out of bed and throwing on whatever was handy for her. No. She made an effort. All of that is so lost now.

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  10. My mother always loved Lillian Russell. I think she (Russell) was beautiful and voluptuous but would probably be considered “overweight” by today’s standards (which I don’t agree with).

    Russell had quite a life for that era - she was married four times, was the longtime girlfriend of “Diamond Jim” Brady (another icon of the Gilded Age), and became pregnant twice before she married the respective fathers. I’ll bet she was the “Paris Hilton” of her day!!

    Re the dress, it looks absolutely gorgeous in the photo, but it must have been very hot and heavy. I wonder what color it was and whether she wore it just for photos or she actually performed in it. And that hat must have weighed a ton!!

    And just imagine the corset underneath!! I’d hate to be laced into one of those things in this 90 degree weather that we’ve been having!
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    ! I’d definitely either pass out or flip out!!

    As an aside . . . . . I always thought that one of the reasons the infamous Lizzie Borden went nuts and supposedly killed her father and stepmother with an axe in August 1892 was because of the extreme heat and all the suffocating clothes they had to wear. It was a million degrees that day; and the father was a miserly skinflint who made them wash the windows and eat mutton soup for breakfast, yuk. Everyone in the house was throwing up that morning. I’d flip out, too!!

    So that gives me an idea - why don’t we have a week of infamous 19th and early 20th century criminals (and trials)???



    PJM:

    No-one cares if you make a mistake when you post these wonderful photos. We appreciate the time you take to do so - we look forward to them. At least that’s how I feel; and I hope everyone else does as well.

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  11. PJM: It's true, we don't care about those little mistakes although we love to tease you. Thank you for posting old pictures. Keep 'em coming!

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  12. Lillian Russell surely rustled when she walked in that outfit.

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  13. another WOW, that is a beautiful photo of a beautiful woman. The detail in the photo is good enough to eat.

    Thanks,
    M

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  14. Gorgeous.
    *Mary - FYI bloggers can compose a post and schedule the publication time and date to suit them.

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  15. Looks like someone spoofed Mr. PJM.

    The 11:06 post was by Anonymous, who signed it PJM.

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  16. Just look at the depth and clarity of that photo. I wonder what kind of photo process was used.

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  17. This photo is great - so inspiring!

    I'm probably missing something, but where do you find the photos?

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  18. That is not a monocle; it's just some sort of "pretty". I can't remember what her realy name was, but I read someplace that she choose Lillian Russell from her agent's list of suggestions because she liked "all those Ls" in the name.

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