Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Smile for the camera- Crowning Glory


Unknown Polish ancestors Enlarged picture of head piece
Copy of scanned photo
from M. Steadman
A few years ago, a cousin of mine and I reconnected via the internet. Her husband has been working on our family history and had several pictures of my ancestors that he scanned and sent to me. This is the one picture that has really fascinated me. No one in the family that I have been in contact with so far knows for sure if the people in the picture are from my Sawicki ancestors, Wozniak ancestors, Wieczorek ancestors, or possibly the Ziolkowski ancestors. We do however, believe they are family members and not strangers! I do know they are not my Hoosier ancestors!
The picture was taken here in Chicago, Illinois. The photographer was Kersting. I do not own the original, I believe my cousin or possibly my aunt own the original, however, they too, do not know which side of our family tree these relatives come from. I know that Henry Kersting, the photographer lived here in Chicago from at least 1880, per the census records. By 1910 he and his family lived in Baldwin, Alabama.
I also do not know if this picture is a wedding picture or another special event. It is a neat picture though. I love her head piece! I just have to keep searching and digging to find out who they are!

7 comments:

Becky said...

Impressive headgear. I wonder what the occasion was.

Sarah Wegley said...

What a gorgeous headpiece! I wonder what happened to it?

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Nikki-ann said...

That's quite a headdress! Thanks for sharing it with us :)

Brett Payne said...

Thanks for your great photograph, Pam, very interesting from a cultural aspect. From the style of the dress the woman is wearing and the design of the cabinet card mount, I believe this portrait was probably taken in the late 1880s or very early 1890s. Hope that helps a bit with your research.

Regards, Brett
http://photo-sleuth.blogspot.com/

Taylorstales-Genealogy said...

Thank you Brett for your comments, that will certainly help me, that time line will eliminate a number of ancestors! I may be getting closer to an identification. I appreciate your help!

karis said...

You have had me intrigued with this photo, so I did a little searching and found a small bit of info on the period of this photo.
"Up until the death of Queen Victoria in 1907, the traditional color for a wedding gown was often black, not white. Only the wealthiest could afford a white gown that they would probably never wear again. Of course, whenever you had your photo taken, the photographer would say "Don't smile. Look serious." You would have to hold the pose for as long as the camera lens was uncovered, which could vary from several seconds to half a minute."
Also the way the groom has his coat buttoned at the top dates this as about 1890 as was the fashion for that time.
The quote is from:
http://www.bridalcolumbus.com/vintage.html

they also have other photos from this time period.

It is a beautiful photo heirloom. I hope you do find you answer as to which family member this is for you. Good luck on your search.

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