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Fancy Chair, Fancy Dress. Fancy Ectoplasm?

Fancy Chair, Fancy Dress. Fancy Ectoplasm?
Brought forward for the Vintage Photos Theme Park theme of "SPIRIT PHOTOGRAPHY/GHOSTLY IMAGES/ HAUNTED HOUSES".
This cabinet card is quite odd because the right side is detailed, with an elaborate set up - and the left side just has the strange foggy mist or "ectoplasm" in place of the rest of the room. What makes this more intriguing to me is that it was taken in Middlebury, Vermont - very close to the (then famous) "spirit raising" Eddy brothers. And my date guess puts it fairly close to all the excitement.
Here's a fun link, if you're interested.
www.prairieghosts.com/eddy.html
or more briefly:
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eddy_Brothers
Jackson Studio, Middlebury, Vt.
I guessed early 1880s for this one. I have also wondered if she is wearing mourning, decorated with jet beads. Perhaps the ghostly image is related to something she is trying to impart?

Flatcoat, Alan Mays, José Manuel Polo, kiiti and 2 other people have particularly liked this photo


7 comments - The latest ones
krnodil
krnodil
I think your dating is correct - for all their issues with the backdrops, they certainly do a good job with focus - she really pops!
3 years ago.
arts enthusiast
arts enthusiast
An exquisite card, and the mist is exquisite indeed!
11 months ago.
lisabee73
lisabee73
oh how interesting! I thought there looked like the impression (on the chair back) of someone (sitting) n the chair. Spooky. Thanks for the links.
11 months ago.
José Manuel Polo
José Manuel Polo
Con el gran valor de lo antiguo y bueno.
10 months ago.
Alan Mays
Alan Mays
So great! And interesting info on the Eddy brothers, too!
10 months ago.
Deborah Lundbech
Deborah Lundbech
Thanks, folks!
10 months ago.
RicksPics
RicksPics
Isn't she lovely! She does look a little uneasy however.
10 months ago.