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Dee Burris Blakley ([personal profile] dee_burris) wrote2013-01-25 10:44 pm
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Sepia Saturday 200: She made hats

This is a photo I estimate to be circa 1868-1875 of the millinery shop owned and operated by my great-great grandmother, Mary Emily (Conner) Meek in Grenada Co., MS. (Click here to read more about her.)


From comparing the only known photo I have of her to this one, I think grandmama was the lady seated to the right of the post.

But I can't be sure.

This is a Sepia Saturday post, republished on 26 Oct 2013 for Sepia Saturday 200. Head over there for more wonderful photos.


[identity profile] 2013-01-26 11:36 am (UTC)(link)
What a splendid photograph, I wish I could enlarge it! To have a great grandmother who made hats too; were any 'hat stories' handed down with the picture?

Re: Hats

(Anonymous) 2013-01-26 04:05 pm (UTC)(link)
It is wonderful! Your Grandmother looks so prim and pretty. That little girl needed a hat the most, she doesn't have hardly any hair.

Thanks for showing this one to us.

Kathy M.
Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy

Bob Scotney

(Anonymous) 2013-01-26 02:33 pm (UTC)(link)
I wonder whether you have the all the staff in the photo. Good to see a little girl getting in on the act.

[identity profile] 2013-01-26 10:09 pm (UTC)(link)
How wonderful to have this photo. Do I see hats in the window on the right? Great pic. Jo :-)


(Anonymous) 2013-01-27 02:31 am (UTC)(link)
Great photo. I like that they are holding hats in the photo.

From Alan Burnett

(Anonymous) 2013-01-27 10:07 am (UTC)(link)
Great photograph - you are so lucky to have this fine old image in your collection and to be able to identify so much of the detail.

Re: She made hats

(Anonymous) 2013-01-27 11:34 am (UTC)(link)
What a super quality picture considering it was taken over 140 years ago!
Did you know that the Meek surname is (also) Dutch? Oldest record I could find is an Elisabeth Meek who had her daughter baptized in New Amsterdam on July 21, 1697.
If you are interested, please contact me at patmiebies at gmail dot com.

from Brett Payne/Photo-Sleuth

(Anonymous) 2013-01-27 09:34 pm (UTC)(link)
Judging by the clothing, I'm pretty sure that this wonderful photographic portrait was taken in the 1890s, and would be fairly confident at narrowing it down to the late 1890s. These leg-of-mutton sleeves would not have been around prior to 1890. Thanks for participating in Sepia Saturday and sharing your family archives.

(Anonymous) 2013-01-28 06:56 pm (UTC)(link)
Such a great photo, and I too have so many photos that I wish they'd written clearer on !

(Anonymous) 2013-10-22 06:09 pm (UTC)(link)
Wow, not sure why my name didn't appear, and why it showed anonymous, (sometimes happens when I'm on my cell phone) but I know this was my comment, and I still have the same thoughts, about how important it is to write on our photos!

(Anonymous) 2013-02-17 01:09 pm (UTC)(link)
I have many dressmakers in my family but only recently found a milliner. Sadly, no photographs though. This is a gem. I read the post you linked, but where is the other photo you are using for comparison? Hats were such fun - now all we see are ballcaps worn backwards which is so unflattering. Is there a "Carnival of hats" or "Millinery Monday"? I am so out of the blogging mainstream that I wouldn't know.


from Kristin

(Anonymous) 2013-10-24 10:47 pm (UTC)(link)
I do think that the woman on the end is the same woman as the one on the find-a-grave site.

It's me again commenting on today's repost of this

(Anonymous) 2013-10-22 06:12 pm (UTC)(link)
Hello, not sure how to get my name on here, but it's Karen S. and I'm commenting on your repost for our book. Excellent photo choice. It's a genuine sepia photo!

(Anonymous) 2013-10-23 11:09 am (UTC)(link)
Great Choice, thanks : Alan B.

Ditch that bra!

(Anonymous) 2013-10-23 04:19 pm (UTC)(link)
What was most delightful about this was the way you took us on a journey of discovery when that mail arrived. The little details about how you even put it off for a bit before you savoured the information inside the envelope made it all the more fascinating.

I have had the experience of opening an envelope to see a copy of my grandparents' marriage certificate, and it is a real thrill to be sure.

Very enjoyable.



[identity profile] 2013-10-25 09:48 am (UTC)(link)
Hat-Tip For A Wonderful Photo!

Great photo

[identity profile] 2013-10-26 05:49 am (UTC)(link)
Excellent quality for its age, and a terrific portrait.

Sepia Saturday

[identity profile] 2013-10-26 09:14 am (UTC)(link)
What a fantastic photo. My maiden name was Conner so I was automatically interested. But the photo and your story made it even richer.

Great photo

(Anonymous) 2013-10-26 04:58 pm (UTC)(link)
A great treasured photo to use for this special Sepia Saturday 200. When I do research on people and look into the census records, I am always astonished by how many millinery shops were in a small town. Along with cigar shops, these were the special stops for social networking in that era.

(Anonymous) 2013-10-28 10:34 am (UTC)(link)
Lovely photo. I like that little glimpse of the background on the right of the photo.


[identity profile] 2013-10-28 12:01 pm (UTC)(link)
I would be quite happy if elegant hats came back into everyday use again. And I hae lots of admiration for the milliners - a skilled job for nimble fingers.


(Anonymous) 2013-10-28 03:30 pm (UTC)(link)
What a great photo!

The Silver Fox


[identity profile] 2013-11-10 04:31 am (UTC)(link)
Nice of you to drop by at these times of celebrations.
Lovely picture, a testimony to your family roots
and to the Sepian spirit.
Hats off to you!!!