Cabinet Card: Anonymous Young Woman, Staunton, Virginia

Just as the previous snapshot is a vintage mrwaterslide snap, so this cabinet card is a vintage mrwaterslide cabinet. She was in an album, but not in a sleeve. The card more-or-less feel out. I could tell the dealer wasn't all that happy that I had pulled the card from the album, but like I saw, she was loose in the album, there were no other images of her, and she was not named. Anyway, I showed the card to the dealer and asked him if he would sell it to me. The album was like $45 bucks, but of course I didn't want it. This was the only card I wanted. He hesitated, and then he said, "three bucks." She's not bad for three bucks.


I think her look suggests (to a male viewer) that she knows things, that she has some private knowledge, that is beyond the ken of her male admirers. I would put that that look would put some men off. Just guessing. Of course, it doesn't put mrwaterslide off. He is "I Am Curious, mrwaterslide."

  • John Van Noate PRO 5y

    Found at the LIberty Antique Show, Fall, 2010. North Carolina.
  • joujoubee 5y

    She is lovely.
  • krnodil has moved to 5y

    Great find.
  • jake_sylvester 5y

    Three bucks is an excellent price for such a treasure!
  • Terry Barrow PRO 5y

    The photo is superb, and the woman is a beauty. You under-paid.
  • John Van Noate PRO 5y

    thanks, terry.
  • John Van Noate PRO 5y

    she would be an extremely beautiful woman with a shaved head. just had to point that out.
  • Suzanne PRO 5y

    She's very pretty and looks like she could do anything that she set her mind to doing.
  • OlestC 5y

    She looks a lot like my mother, only with lighter hair. Not sure if that;s a good thing :)
  • bootpainter PRO 5y

    She looks as if she is coolly appraising you? the photographer?. I feel transgressive making comments, being unworthy.She is luminous.
  • JP 5y

    Lovely photo, worth a lot more than 3 bucks.

    Seen in my contacts' photos.
  • Typhanie Richmond 5y

    She's very intelligent looking. That she's dressed in white gives her a light, airy feel, too.

    I know that photographers in these times used to prefer that people wore a color opposite their skin color, so that the details would show up better. They also tended to photograph people with stern expressions because it was easier to hold the expression still. Because of that, in my opinion at least, women photographed in white seem to have an otherworldly quality to them. Like she could have been a dream.
  • John Van Noate PRO 5y

    agree completely, Typhanie. "a dream." that she is.
  • bootpainter PRO 5y

    she also makes a very passable angel. Not a sugary cherubic angel, but a wise and powerful being.
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