photo obscura


An Edwardian woman dressed the part of a handsome Dandy writes a message to her lover,  “Hello Kid:- How you be? I am Fine don’t I look it. You know you must not set this card on the switch board where you do your others”. What an intrepid romance it must have been.

A fascinating Edwardian couple, one cannot help but immediately notice this man’s bony, atrophied hands. He must suffer from cerebral palsy or condition that is causing the muscles in his hands atrophy. The portrait was taken by photographer R. B. Lansing at “THE LANSING STUDIO” at 221 Wash. Ave. S. in Lansing, Michigan. Available at Ephemera Obscura.

EDNA, GROUSE HUNTRESS” - an accomplished young grouse huntress posing with a bird in one hand and her rifle in the other. She’s wearing a soiled gingham sack dress with bullets in the pocket, worn hiking boots and her her father’s hat and bandanna. A practical girl with a serious expression and no-nonsense attitude, she looks at home on the rough hills of her hunting ground. The photo was printed by photographer H. R. Hay of Salida, Colorado.

“This is a picture of Edna, - Taken two years ago when we were in Orient”, reads the caption written on the back.