The Woman in the Locket

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Here are some interesting photographs we found at the museum:
Though we don’t know the identity of the woman in the photo, the technique was meant to capture many images suitable for a locket or brooch. Our best guess is that the image was captured in the mid-late 1800s or very early 1900s.

It was likely that the camera used to take these images had multiple lenses and shutters to expose only a portion of the negative for each photograph, allowing for multiple images to appear on one sheet.

You can see in the second sheet of photos with the woman and baby, there is one photo missing. Presumably, that is the photo chosen to go in the locket.

Published by Emily L Knapp Museum

The Emily L. Knapp Museum is a municipal museum associated with the Village of Brockport. The museum is located on the second and third floors in the former home of one of Brockport’s most prominent families, the Seymours, while the first floor contains the Village of Brockport offices. Those who visit Brockport’s collection of local history will feel they’ve entered a time when the Erie Canal was the bustling commercial center of this Victorian village: when ladies wore high-laced shoes and skirts that scraped the slate sidewalks, and the gentlemen sported tall silk hats; when phonographs and stereopticon views as well as novels by our famed authoress, Mary Jane Holmes, entertained the masses. Don’t take our word for it, see for yourself.

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