PORTRAIT OF A PRETTY YOUNG WOMAN IN LANCASTER, PENNSYLVANIA

A pretty young woman poses for her portrait at the Fowler studio in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The subjects hair is nicely styled and she is wearing a ring, earrings and a necklace. To learn more about the photographer of this image, Lewis C. Fowler, and to view some of his photographs, click on the category “Photographer: Fowler (Lewis)”.

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  1. It’s amazing how those 19th and early 20th century clothes and hairstyles made women look pretty even when they really were plain. Same thing with photos from the 20’s through the 50’s– even girls who might not actually be that pretty looked glamorous.

    I noticed the ring on her forefinger– I believe that back in those days, that’s where the engagement ring was worn, instead of the 4th finger like today. If this is the case, this young lady was likely engaged at the time of this photo.

  2. Thanks for the information about forefingers and engagement rings. I attempted to research the topic and ended up more confused than when I started. However, you may be right about the ring being an engagement ring. It seems there were no set rules about engagement rings being worn on the forefinger. Instead, it seems it was a personal choice which could be influenced by local or cultural traditions.
    You also made an interesting point about how cabinet card era clothing and hairstyles tended to accentuate a woman’s beauty and glamour. This may well be the case but i have an alternative explanation for the phenomenon you describe. I wonder if the reason that so many women subjects in cabinet cards look attractive is because people tend to collect and display cabinet cards of attractive people rather than average looking and unattractive people. That being the case, photographs of plain and ordinary people are kept in collectors shoe boxes and in antique shops selling for a dollar or two and advertised as “instant relatives”. Further comments about this subject would be welcomed and likely generate much interest among visitors to this site.


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