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Cousin Lu ~ Bride-To-Be, 1908 by artwhiz47

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Cousin Lu ~ Bride-To-Be, 1908 by 

Lucretia Caroline Hayes (1880 ~ 1967) on the eve of her wedding to Norman Burt Sherry (1871 ~ 1930). Lu was the daughter of my great granduncle Dr. Francis Mason Hayes (Uncle Frank) & his wife Ellen Russ Hayes (Aunt Nellie). Lu & my maternal grandmother, Mabel Hobbie, were first cousins (thus making Lu my first cousin twice removed), & they were best friends as young women. Both summered along the Niagara River in Lewiston, NY, Lu at her parents’ ‘cottage’, Ellengowan, & Mabel three doors over at Cedar Bank.

Cousin Lucretia went on to college, graduating from Smith in Northampton, Massachusetts, in 1902.

This is a crop from a three-quarter-figure studio portrait. This version shows a bit more of the intricate design of her dress.

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  • joak
    joakabout 2 years ago

    an very stunnin she looks anaw the work in that dress is amazin..better than much of todays crap!

  • Hey, Joak! Thanks for that insight… & you are SO right.

    – artwhiz47

  • WalnutHill
    WalnutHillabout 2 years ago

    Love it! We have my grandmother’s wedding dress somewhere…. sad to say none of us would ever be small enough to wear it… ;-D That’s gorgeous!! Too bad that style hasn’t come back . . . . yet . . . . .
    >blows kiss<


  • Thanks, Jan. Yes, I know just what you mean about those little wedding dresses. I have my grandmother’s (1900), which was also worn by my mother in 1936. Mom was bustier than her mother (Mom was bustier than EVERYBODY) (put together), so some alterations had to be made there, but none of the rest of us could have managed to wear it anyway. It would cost a small fortune to duplicate Cousin Lu’s dress, or my grandmother’s/mother’s these days. They had dressmakers & people to pin them up & assist in a hundred ways that I couldn’t be bothered with!

    – artwhiz47

  • RobynLee
    RobynLeeabout 2 years ago

  • Thanks for that, Robyn!

    – artwhiz47

  • Woodie
    Woodieabout 2 years ago

    Congrats on feature. She was very stylish !! Cheers Neil

  • She was that! Thanks so much, Neil.

    – artwhiz47

  • Roy  Massicks
    Roy Massicksabout 2 years ago

    Wonderful bridal photo Sheila – their dresses were so intricate in those days !

  • Now everybody affects the strapless look…. Thanks, Roy.

    – artwhiz47

  • Stuart Mcguire
    Stuart Mcguireabout 2 years ago

    Very cool love the pose

  • Thank you, Stuart. Cousin Lucretia was a woman of substance!! No looking away from the camera for her.

    – artwhiz47

  • Robin Brown
    Robin Brownabout 2 years ago

    A superb look into the past Sheila!
    Fashion houses & historians could learn a lot from your fabulous collection of photographs!
    :o) xx

  • Thanks, Robin! Stay tuned; more to come….

    – artwhiz47

  • hjaynefoster
    hjaynefosterabout 2 years ago

    What a dress and veil!! Cousin Lu looks so regal. What strikes me about this photo is that the bride doesn’t smile! I suppose that’s how is was in 1908…

  • I think a lot of topnotch portrait photographers still go for the more serious look when capturing brides. I say that because our big historical society (collections of every kind of thing to die for!) is showing bridal portraits right now, & the majority show very studied faces looking solemn or at least reflective. Cousin Lu’s In Your Face pose is a bit unusual though not unprecedented by any means! She was a no-nonsense person, like a lot of the women in our family. Ahead of their time, with minds of their own. Many thanks, Jayne!

    – artwhiz47

  • Photography by Mathilde
    Photography by...about 2 years ago

    Beautiful bride, beautiful dress, beautiful old photograph, Sheila – the handwork in this dress is amazing !!

  • Thank you, Mattie. I need to find out if any of her descendants have that dress… &/or have worn it!

    – artwhiz47

  • Guendalyn
    Guendalynabout 2 years ago


  • Grazie, Guenda, & for the favorite!

    – artwhiz47

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