Unlike the mill workers in the previous post, these two seamstresses appear to be posing outdoors, perhaps at a seasonal or mobile studio. The photographer, Håkon Steinsheim (1860-1933), was based in the village of Oppdal, Norway. (Historically, the name of the town was sometimes spelled Opdal.)
The photo (cabinet card) came to me from Wisconsin.
The seamstress on the left appears to be working on a corset, with discarded stays (boning) lying on the ground next to her.
I’m not sure what the other young woman is working on. Maybe a blouse or a dress? Near the bottom of the print is a small area of image loss.
The sewing machines are a type I haven’t seen before. If you know anything about them, please leave a comment. Thinking again about the mill workers in the previous post, I’m struck by how different this depiction of working women is from that one, even though they may have been made around the same time, or only a few years apart.
Update, March 17: In 2016 the National Library of Norway published a book of Håkon Steinsheim’s photographs: Steinsheim in the spotlight: 220 photos from a unique photo collection. You can browse the entire book on the Library’s website. On page 91 is another portrait of the young woman on the left above. She was Sigrid Haldosdatter Kolstad (1874-1955), a seamstress who lived in the nearby hamlet of Rise.