Monday, September 26, 2011

Portraits from the U.S. National Archives

Portraits of women from the Civil War era by Mathew Brady, one of the most prolific photographers of the nineteenth century. The ornate embroidery and lacework on their gowns is simply amazing.

The photographs above are a part of the United States National Archives, which has digitized over 6,000 images from the series Mathew Brady Photographs of Civil War-Era Personalities and Scenes (National Archives's Local Identifier 111-B). Find out more about the collection at the National Archives and Fold3. You can also see find selections from the series, including those above, on Flickr.

From the top, left to right: Mrs. Weinburg; Miss Ogden; Mrs. Brandon; Miss Wiser; Miss Mary Glenmurry; Mrs. W. Bowden; Mrs. John Callahan; Mrs. Lester. All 1860-1865.


andrea despot said...

These are amazing! The details in their clothing are jaw dropping...!

Liza said...

The detailing is incredible - every aspect of their physical appearance has gotten some rigorous attention. I can't even begin to imagine how many hours went into it!

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