Photo# 9 Dorothy's Glamour Shot
After attending the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence taking a course in fashion design and photography, my mother went to Hartford, CT to work for Bachrach, a famous portrait photography studio. I have no proof of this but I think that it was between the years of 1940 and 1942. I think this portrait photo was taken during or just after that time period. I have a huge copy (16 x 20) of this photograph stored in a folder in one of the upstairs closets. I carefully packed it and others when we moved. Honestly, what am I supposed to do with these huge photos?
Scanning this photo shows me that this carte-de-viste was probably carried in a wallet or in a small frame. It does show signs of wear. Scanning the back proved to be interesting because it gives an "Since 1868" date of the company.
Mom told me the blouse was ivory silk and the skirt was black and was probably sateen or velvet as it was hot to wear and took the photographer a long time to adjust for the photograph. I would not have been surprised that this is called a debutant pose and may have had it taken (as an engagement photo) because my mother was engaged to another man before she met my father. She told me his name and that she declined to marry him because his aunt disapproved of their relationship and he did "drink too much". I don't know if his aunt raised him or he just lived with her during this time period. I do know his family was from Ohio.
Years after finishing college, RISD contacted my mother to receive a diploma. The program she was in didn't offer a degree at the time, so the college seizing the opportunity to make more money from alumni must have decided to offer the diploma. Of course, I thought she had one all along so I was quite surprised. The 1940 census, with information provided by her mother, said my mother completed one year of college. This can't be right since she went to Lasell College in Newton, MA for a year. I have been assuming it was 1936 to 1937 and she boarded there. Then, she transferred to RISD. I wish I'd asked for specifics.
This is how you find "holes" in your research by going over information and talking to others about it. Thanks for listening.
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