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Re: Help with the age of "Mrs. Dodson" please
« Reply #9 on: Tuesday 09 April 19 22:50 BST (UK) »
The age spots on the photo make her face look puffy which is aging, but if they were removed, I thing she would look her true age. I would buy it Jool and compare the features with other photos to see if there is a family likeness.
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Yes I agree, I thought the marks on the photo or the scan quality may have made her face look a bit puffy and lumpy.  If I squint at her it takes a few years off her  ;D
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Re: Help with the age of "Mrs. Dodson" please
« Reply #10 on: Tuesday 09 April 19 22:54 BST (UK) »
Just bought her, I can't wait to see the original now  :D
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Re: Help with the age of "Mrs. Dodson" please
« Reply #11 on: Tuesday 09 April 19 23:12 BST (UK) »
Just bought her, I can't wait to see the original now  :D

How exciting. I think we all dream of finding long lost photos of family on the internet. I really hope she is your Martha.  :)

Is her headwear "normal" headwear for the era or does it have some significance?

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Re: Help with the age of "Mrs. Dodson" please
« Reply #12 on: Tuesday 09 April 19 23:19 BST (UK) »
I was wondering about the headwear too Ruskie.  The seller suggested it may be a nurse's cap but I'm not sure.  I have no record of Martha ever being a nurse  :-\
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Re: Help with the age of "Mrs. Dodson" please
« Reply #13 on: Tuesday 09 April 19 23:26 BST (UK) »
I have just tried google but not yet found any similar headwear.

Though there is nothing like Mrs Dodson's here I found this quite interesting:
https://www.mimimatthews.com/2015/08/30/fashionable-caps-for-19th-century-matrons-both-young-and-old/

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Re: Help with the age of "Mrs. Dodson" please
« Reply #14 on: Tuesday 09 April 19 23:31 BST (UK) »
I just had a thought .... I think nurses had to be single, so you would not find a nurse who was a "Mrs".... unless the matrons were called "Mrs" as housekeepers were, even if they were unmarried. :-\

Someone else might be able to clarify that and give suggestions about the headwear.  :)

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Re: Help with the age of "Mrs. Dodson" please
« Reply #15 on: Tuesday 09 April 19 23:50 BST (UK) »
Interesting link Ruskie, there are some lovely portraits on there.

My Martha Dodson didn't have an occupation listed on any of the censuses.  Martha's husband had his own drapers shop for years (before he became a postie, but that's another story) so I would expect her to have had access to good quality fabric for her clothes. It is a little difficult to tell on the Mrs Dodson photo how good or fashionable her outfit is.
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Re: Help with the age of "Mrs. Dodson" please
« Reply #16 on: Tuesday 09 April 19 23:57 BST (UK) »
Another observation. She is wearing earrings and a brooch. Nurses would not wear these would they? I am therefore guessing that Mrs Dodson is not a nurse and that is not nurse's headwear. :)




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Re: Help with the age of "Mrs. Dodson" please
« Reply #17 on: Wednesday 10 April 19 00:03 BST (UK) »
I don't think it's nurse's headwear either, but I have no Idea what that hat is all about.  It reminds me a little of Queen Victoria.
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