As I said in an earlier post, the index in the box had indicated that there were negatives in there from 1914. This photo of the lady above, simply listed in the index as “Anita”, is one of them. Just 100 years ago the photographer pressed down on the shutter button and took a portrait of a lady that seems not quite sure what the photographer was doing with the box in hand. But who is this lady?
You see, the box’s index has one entry for “Anita” but in the listed section there are over 20 or so negatives. All of this lady. From a span of young (like this photo here) to old. I would like to assume that this is the photographer’s wife, but I don’t want to jump to that conclusions completely. I feel I can safely say that the photographer cared about Anita. She is the only person that has an index in the box all to herself.
In this image, the gentleman is in the process of taking a photo of the photographer, while his lady watches on. In the box this negative was under the index id of “The Drapers”. Friends of the photographer, perhaps. One of the things that grabs my attention in this photo is the camera Mr. Draper is using. It looks like a Brownie camera with a winding key instead of a knob. Because of this, the photo was probably taken in the early 1930’s. Also, given the size of this negative, (2.5”x4.5”) the photographer might have been using a Brownie too.