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    Posted 5 years ago

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    This photo was given to me as a gift by a fellow who sold me a brace-back chair (see my previous posting). There's no date or name for the young woman - just an embossed stamp of the photographer: F. Adams Photographic Artist.

    It's possible the photographer could be Frank Adams but there's probably no way to know for sure without a signature or date. According to some research: "In June 1912, itinerant photographer Frank Adams travelled northeast through central Nova Scotia, making class portraits at the small rural schools along his way. School photographs have been the subject of only passing critical interest to historians, yet they are eagerly collected by local historical societies who use them as key tools in their efforts to imagine the pasts of their communities. Despite the wide circulation of his photographs, Adams himself has been almost entirely forgotten."

    I really like the bit of string at the top of the card mount and the way it loops around the back through two holes and is tied nicely into a bow. You'll also notice the girl seems quite young (mid teens?) and yet is wearing a wedding ring... a different era to be sure!

    The card mount measures 6.5" x 10" and the photo is 3.25" x 5.5".

    UPDATE: Thanks to mcheconi, and the info they provided in comments #8 & #9, for solving this mystery!

    Mystery Solved


    1. SEAN68 SEAN68, 5 years ago
      shes very beautiful!!!
    2. Kydur Kydur, 5 years ago
      I very much agree, and was thrilled to get the photo!
    3. walksoftly walksoftly, 5 years ago
      I agree, great photo!
    4. jscott0363 jscott0363, 5 years ago
      What a great old photo Kydur!! BEAUTIFUL girl in the photo!!
    5. Alan2310 Alan2310, 5 years ago
      She is very attentive on what she doing.
      Great picture.

    6. Kydur Kydur, 5 years ago
      Alan, I've been trying to figure out what she's doing and I think that she's arranging a ribbon with flowers on it to tie onto her hair. I would sure like to see that photo as well.
    7. shareurpassion shareurpassion, 5 years ago
      Awesome photo!!!
    8. mcheconi mcheconi, 4 years ago
      Actually this photo can be attributed to Frank Adams for sure. This is his mark on the corner of the picture frame. You can check it here, page 144:
    9. mcheconi mcheconi, 4 years ago
      You can also check this photo, from the school series mentioned in the previous link I sent you.

      The first picture can be zoomed to show the F. Adams embossed mark.
    10. Kydur Kydur, 4 years ago
      Mcheconi, Thanks so much for the information and confirmation of the Frank Adams photo source! Have marked this mystery as solved and given you credit.

      Now if only I could track down information on the female subject of the photo!
    11. mcheconi mcheconi, 4 years ago
      You're welcome. I guess hat tracking down the model's name won't be as easy LOL! Anyway, it is a gorgeous portrait.
    12. Kydur Kydur, 4 years ago
      The weird thing is that the PDF you supplied the link to is the same one that I pulled the quote from in my post description; but I never thought to scroll down into the photos to see if there was an embossed stamp matching my own. So thanks again for connecting the dots for me.

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