Wednesday, August 7, 2013
The Clover Leaf Picnic Club, 1895, Trenton, Missouri
So, 118 years ago members of a group call The Clover Leaf Picnic Club got together and had their picture taken, and an instant in time was captured and still survives. A bit faded maybe, but in the world of antique photos, it's alive and kicking.
I think there are 20 men and women in this photo, all look to be in their 20s or 30s. Everybody is pretty well dressed, much, much, MUCH more formally than people would be today. Especially for a picnic.
I've looked at each individual, with a magnifying glass no less, just to see fashion details and expressions. One person, the woman in the light blouse in the front row, is not looking at the camera. I wonder what she was looking at and was thinking about.
This a large photo, almost 8 X 10. The photographer was Smith of Trenton, Missouri. My attempts to find anything about The Clover Leaf Picnic Club remain aggravatingly illusive. Maybe I could contact the Trenton, Mo. Chamber of Commerce, see if they know anything. I suppose it was a social club, a means for young men & women to put themselves in close proximity to each other during the late Victorian era.