Photographer's Art? Burlington Iowa. No faces showing in pictures.

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Child's picture with no front view

child's picture Jack Flournoy Henry IV

In my last blog I mentioned that a relative had passed and lots and lots of old pictures dating back into the 1800's were left behind.  Jack Flournoy Henry V had never married and had no children so it could be the end of the line for the Jack Flournoy Henrys.

Among the photographs were these two which grabbed my attention because they were not posed to show their faces as most professionally done photos are.  The first one has a name on it, Dorthy Carson, and the photograph has Reynolds, Burlington Iowa on the front.  

The second one is even more interesting because it looks as if two little girls are posed perhaps reading a book.  Hill & Everett from Burlington were the photographers on this one.  And on the back are names, Louise Henry and Jack Henry 4.  So this must be brother and sister!  And it must be Jack Flournoy Henry IV that is posed.  

Did I once hear that little boys were dressed in dresses just as girls were?  And do you think that the photographer was being very, very creative?



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John Mosier
Realty ONE Group Mountain Desert - Prescott, AZ
Prescott's Patriot Agent 928 533-8142

Very provocing post, Barbara S. Duncan 

I can't see anything positive in these two photographs unless the photographer was trying to capture the dresses in the photographs.

If being creative is doing what no one else does, this is pretty creative.

Jul 23, 2017 04:19 PM #1
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Barbara- I love looking at old photos and these do make you wonder what the photographer was trying to capture and say!!

Jul 23, 2017 04:24 PM #2
Don Thompson
Donthomp Associates - Sunnyvale, CA

Was it the photographer or the person paying for the photographs?

There are all sorts of reasons why backs might be turned. IMHO, art is

the least likely.  They appear to be posed. I'm sure the subjects thought it was great fun.

Interesting photographers Hitl and Everett photography Burlington  I assume Iowa .  I did a brief search and found nothing.

Go HERE for some thoughts on the subject.

Jul 23, 2017 05:04 PM #3
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

It the day those pictures were taken, folks tried to keep a fixed smile, and not blink for longer periods.  It was necessary because of the time it took to get exposure on the film.  They didn't have that issue taking these photos with the backs turned.

Jul 24, 2017 01:32 AM #4
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I have family photos that go back to the 19th century but none that are posed from the back. Unique.

Jul 24, 2017 05:24 AM #5
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Realty ONE Group - Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas Henderson Homes for Sale

Hello Barbara

As a photographer myself if these photos were presented with others showing the faces it makes sense to me, by themselves ... NO!

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