Apparently a distant relative on my maternal Grandfather’s side, this photo was in an album which was given to my Great Grandmother by Eliza Blackwell, prior to her departure from the UK to live permanently in Australia in the 1890s. Having consulted with other vintage photo collectors the conscensus is that it is more likely that Eliza owned this item and took it to the photograper’s herself, than for it to have been a studio prop. No one in the family knows if seamstress was Eliza’s trade but it is a possibility, just as likely as that of her wanting to show off a marvellous new piece of domestic technology.

This is a tiny cardboard mounted photograph not much bigger than a modern business card.

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