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The theme for the 5th Edition Smile For The Camera - A Carnival Of Images is Crowning Glory.


Show us those wonderful photographs of hairdos and maybe even a few don'ts. Don't limit yourself to just hair fashion through the ages, got a great photograph of a hat, helmet, bonnet, or some other interesting headgear?


I came across this photo in a stack of photographs I forgot I had.  Even though I wasn't looking for a photo for this post, when I saw it, I knew it was the one.

TRAPP, Dorothy TRAPP Photo 01

This is a photo of my "Aunt" Dorothy (okay, she's really my second cousin twice removed).  She was born in 1918, and I'm guessing that she was in her 20s or 30s (1938-1958) when this picture was taken.  It also appears that the photo was "hand colored," although I am certainly no photo expert, so I can't be sure.  I haven't been able to identify the hairstyle to give me any additional clues as to time period.

I am curious to learn more about when the photo was taken and if it is hand-colored, so I'll be adding it to my to-do list!

Photograph of Dorothy Trapp, date and photographer unknown; privately held by Julie Marie CAHILL Tarr, Normal, Illinois.


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( 3 comments — Leave a comment )
Sep. 15th, 2008 05:36 pm (UTC)
That is quite a haistyle! I hope you find out more about the photo :)

Nikki-ann @ http://www.notesoflife.co.uk/
Sep. 15th, 2008 09:42 pm (UTC)
Hey thelostgirl13,

Actually, I did find out a little more, just haven't had the time to post an update. I guess my grandfather hand-colored the photo and I have 2 other hand-colored photos that he did in my possession.

Sep. 15th, 2008 11:32 pm (UTC)
Photo of "Aunt" Dorothy
Thanks for a delightful and interesting photo, Julie. It looks to me as if this semi-casual portrait was taken shortly after the Second World War, perhaps between 1945 and 1955. It is certainly unusual, although not unheard of, to find an example of a hand-coloured photograph from this era, but I am pretty certain that is what it is. There are only four colours used, and the giveaway is that they lack any tonal variation. There is some intensity variation, and this is probably where the artist's brush was a little more heavily applied. Also, it appears that some of the yellow has occasionally spilled over the edges.

Hairstyles are not my speciality, I'm afraid. I wonder if it might be possible to date the brooch that she is wearing?

Regards, Brett
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