Tuesday, February 14, 2012

The Home Girl Hidden Almost 100 Years

I recently found this cardboard print behind a circa 1920 framed photo. I believe originally it was just a novelty item, a small print of a pretty girl. At some point, the print was cut at the bottom to fit a small gold metal frame and she became the background cardboard "filler" for a photo of my grandmother. R. C. Co., N. Y., The Home Girl, 1978, is printed along the bottom. I'm guessing "1978" is the print number, since it's obviously not the year. I googled the company name and found that they sold portraits and prints like this, in various sizes, from the late 1800s through the early part of the 20th century. Perhaps you could also order The Home Girl in a larger size for your wall. I was quite pleased to find her and will probably frame her by herself. Just in time for Valentine's Day, I think she will be quite pleased to be "out front" for the first time in almost one hundred years, don't you?


  1. The girl in the portrait muses as she is repositioned to the 'front' of the frame...

    "You hardly know when you are coming back.
    You will find so much to learn.
    My smile falls heavily among the bric-à-brac. ~ From Portrait of a Lady by T.S. Eliot"

  2. It's amazing how little makeup people wore in those days Today forget about it.

  3. thanks, Annie. That's perfect!

    And I'm not that sure about then, Woody, but I know I could use a few pounds of pancake makeup right now, lol!

  4. She is SO pretty and I'm glad she is seeing the light of day!
    Happy Valentine's Day...yes, I know it is a "contrived holiday" BUT it does stand as a reminder to me to tell people that I love and appreciate them SO, Happy Valentine's Day to you Casey, and all your bloggers...
    I love the interaction and the art here is unsurpassed!