Friday, July 31, 2009

Lisbeth In Her Rented Costume

Old photos fascinate me and I love this one. Lisbeth came to me in a group of real photo postcards. Real photo postcards became popular in the U.S. after 1906, when Kodak invented an affordable camera with negatives the size of a postcard. It allowed folks to have their photos printed right onto postcard paper and mail them off to the relatives. Studio photographers also offered real photo postcards, often with elaborate backdrops and props.
This photo was taken by photographer Herm R Miller of Milwaukee. Noted on the back is "Jan 1916, Lisbeth Noske, rented costume, (married 3-23-1916)". Every detail on her cowgirl costume is just right. She holds a braided whip with a smile that suggests that she'd have no idea how to use it.

Lisbeth is a bit of a mystery. I have several other photos of her in costume with notations "worn on stage at Pabst Theater" suggesting that she was an actress. When time permits, I'll research her a bit; in the meantime, I'll just enjoy the photo.

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