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Category: Photo Identification
Approval Date: 12/26/2012 4:05 PM
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Please help me to identify the time period and possibly where this photo was taken its on tin.

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1/2/2013 5:35 AM This picture was taken in a photo studio, it is not a real house, the wooden fence is a prop and the background is a painting. Studios had al kind of props they would use, they could change the background, too. Only the hat seems fancy like a regional costume, but the coat is just very plain. You should not judge from the theatrical setting to the place where the picture was actually taken. I have seen plenty of photographs with a luscious Italian landscapes that were taken in cold, for instance, Dutch climate or a little rowing boat with children in it, far away from lakes or rivers ....
The time frame could be as early as 1890. I have seen many of this type of pictures where the subject was leaving home from rural areas to work as servant/nurse/cook in far away places as a memento for the family back home. If you look long and hard enough on the web on sites where old photos are published you might find specific studios using this particular backdrop.
1/2/2013 1:15 PM I think it would be better to ask at
1/2/2013 2:46 PM Agree that the date of photo is between 1890-1900, and that it is taken in a studio. The woman is very young, maybe only 17 years old. The hat is bizarre; I have never seen a hat like it. Another person suggested that the young woman may take the picture before leaving to emigrate, but another reason for a photo might be to send to a father or fiancé who has emigrated or to send to a potential bridegroom in another country. My great-grandfather (a widower) sent for a bride to his native town, and in due course his landsmen sent to him a very young girl like this.
-- Ellen
1/5/2013 2:34 AM I have seen hats like this. In traditional clothes I think from Austria or northern Italy. This kind of hat is not at all strange for a mountain region but even in our days familiar. But definetly from a mountain region. I would exclude bavaria. Could be Austria. But the style of the house (although it is only in a studio) has very special ornaments, I do not know from Austria. Therefore it could possibly be the Karpats, not the alps. Perhaps Slowakia or the south of Ukraine? I would not think Rumania, there the ornament and building style is different.

Even when the decoration has only decorative purpose, the hat fits very well to that wooden style.
1/10/2013 9:01 AM one picture from Odessa:

I think picture made in period: end 19 - beg. 20 centr.
Young woman has a hat, which was a normal for the towns that time in Europe and south part of Russian Empire .
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