"And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to the fathers...." Malachi 4:6
Elvira has a kind expression. Love the detail of her dress and jewelry. But is she holding a purse or Bible? It would be an odd way to hold a purse.
I think her dress style is very unusual (though not necessarily becoming) but it IS a lovely dress. I thought it might be a Bible, too, but I enlarged the photo and it actually looks like a purse. I understand that she was a religious person so it would make sense if it were a Bible, but I agree that it's an odd way to hold a purse. Almost as if she's showing it off except from what I know of her, she wasn't that kind of person.
Elvira's skin look great, how old would she have been in that photo?
I usually go over old family photos with a fine-tooth comb to pull out any and every scrap of information I can find. But I never noticed Elvira's skin in this photo! That's so strange to me. I don't know if the photo was retouched or not -- it may have been.Your question of her age sent me on a little newspaper hunt today to see if I could find images of similar dresses to determine the year. Then I remembered a dated photo of another great-grandmother in a similar style dress. I think the year may have been 1929 which means Elvira would have been about 75. She became senile in her later years but I don't know at what age her family started to notice changes. She died at the age of 88.
I appreciate your comments and look forward to reading what you have to say. Thanks for stopping by.