Young Woman in Plaid Dress


I see a lot of interesting details in this photo of an unidentified woman:  the hair comb, her unbound hair, the tasselled neck scarf, plaid dress fabric.


The reverse side shows the photographer as J. M. Adams.  His business is located “opposite Opera House: in Terre Haute, Indiana.

The photo is a carte de visite, 2-1/2″x4”.  Cartes de visite began appearing in the United States in 1860.

By the 1880s cabinet cards replaced cartes de visite in popularity.

Langdon’s List of 19th & Early 20th Century Photographers  has a listing for John M. Adams in Terre Haute:

Adams, John M., photographer, 407 1/2 Main, ress w cor S 16th and Crawford, Terre Haute, IN (1878-1879) Polk’s Terre Haute Directory

Since this is just a city directory listing, it only tells me that Adams had a photography business in Terre Haute in 1878-1879.  It doesn’t tell me the range of years he did business in there.

You can read more about this collection of photos and its provenance here.  You will also find links to all the posts in this series in that post. 

Please leave a comment below if you’re related to any of the people mentioned in this series.  I’d love to hear from you!




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