Female photographers in Sweden: Mimmi Gustafsson and Mathilda Janson

It was relatively rare for women in Britain and North America to set up their own commercial studios in the nineteenth century.  In Scandinavia, in contrast, women seem to have embraced the business of photography from the earliest days and to have enjoyed commercial success on a par with their male counterparts.  This topic has... Continue Reading →

Vermonter who’d rather be doing something useful

Vermonters and other New Englanders have traditionally been considered industrious, pragmatic and thrifty.  Vermont is an agricultural state with no major cities.  Hardscrabble family farms, called hill farms, were the norm for much of the state's history.  The man in this portrait looks to me like a hard-working, no-nonsense farmer who doesn't take days off... Continue Reading →

Celtic spirit in Minneapolis

UPDATE: I had assumed the clothing in this photo was Scottish, but someone said the design of the bottom of the dress looks more Irish.  Any insights from visitors would be appreciated! This bonnie lass was photographed by O. Frank Stafford in Minneapolis.  According to the Minnesota Historical Society's "Directory of Minnesota Photographers," his studio... Continue Reading →

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