This photo has always been a puzzle. I looked at it just last week. The three girls didn't appear to match approximate known ages in the family. One family member decided that one of the girls was actually a boy. Nothing made sense until I saw Maureen Taylor's (The Photo Detective) Instagram post today - Not Only Family Members Posed for a Photo. Immediately, I thought of the older girl in the photo. Was she a Biggs child? Probably not.
|Short hair? Hair was cut to help cool off|
a fever. Hair was shaved and treated with
kerosene when head lice was a problem.
Others cut their hair short as they might
have deemed it fashionable.
Who was the older girl? She looked much older and so much more mature than the other girls in the photo. Terrell Little Bryan had two unmarried sisters at this time. James D. Biggs had many siblings. She could be a family member or even a boarder or neighbor. Do you have this photo? What do you think?
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Family photograph from the collection of Sue Pierce and Pat Waas. Accessed January 2006.
“Cabinet Card Photographers: William B Praytor.” http://cabinetcardphotographers.blogspot.com/2017/09/william-b-praytor.html. Accessed 25 Oct. 2019.
“Short hair. Who Were They?"https://whowerethey.photos/2015/02/08/short-hair-2/. Accessed 25 Oct. 2019.