I love to go to photo shows and look through boxes of discarded old photos. Here's what I found on Saturday. The sitter looks so calm in this rustic studio setting.
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Her placid expression is in direct contrast to the threatening wildlife hovering overhead. The young woman dressed for her tintype portrait in typical attire for the early 1880s--long overdress, ruffled skirt, beaded scarf and feathered hat.
This unusual studio backdrop suggests her portrait was taken in a region known for evergreen forests and this type of bird. If anyone an identify the bird, post a comment to the blog. In the midst of this "outdoor" scene she sits on an upholstered chair. Mountains appear on the backdrop.