Wordless Wednesday:Roselie Melissa Hollingsworth

The young woman on the left is Roselie Melissa (Hollingsworth) Davidson.  I am unsure as to who the girl next to her is, but she has some very large bows in her hair!

The data I have with the picture says that it was taken in 1917 in Hastings, Nebraska.  I’m wondering if that is correct though.  Does the clothing fit in with 1917?  That would put Rose at about 27 years old, since she was born in 1890.  She would be married with 2 kids and living in Kansas in 1917 (neither one of her kids would be old enough to be the child in this picture).  Could this possibly be from 10 years earlier, when she was 17?

Any thoughts are appreciated. :)

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  • Shaz - March 23, 2011 - 10:15 am

    You could send the photo to The Photo
    Detective. Do you follow her blog?ReplyCancel

    • Jen - March 23, 2011 - 10:45 am

      I do! I’ve never sent anything in to her before, but I think that I just might! Thanks.ReplyCancel

  • Jill - March 23, 2011 - 10:40 am

    Take a look at the dress my grandmother is wearing in my profile pic. It’s from 1915.
    There are some similarities.


  • Susan Donaldson - March 23, 2011 - 11:19 am

    I love this photograph – they both have such a serene smile.ReplyCancel

  • Susan - March 23, 2011 - 1:29 pm

    I can’t see a wedding ring on her hand. The girl’s clothing looks remarkably like outfits my grandmother wore as a girl. She was born in 1900. I’d guess 1907 vs. 1917. I wonder if the girls were sisters?ReplyCancel

  • Dee Blakley - March 23, 2011 - 6:09 pm

    I’ve been looking at Google images of Simplicity dress patterns for both eras. That’s a hard call for me, because the dress length (even though she’s seated) seems to be more along the lines of the earlier time, but for both eras you see the more relaxed look and less of a hard silhouette seen in the 1890’s.

    Lovely photo.ReplyCancel

  • Nancy - March 24, 2011 - 7:50 pm

    Jen, go back to the newspapers of 1917, choose a newspaper from an area where she lived, then look at the ads for women’s clothing. I did just that at this post: http://nancysfamilyhistoryblog.blogspot.com/2011/03/beautiful-emma-and-her-lovely-waist.html. It might help you decide if the clothing ads from 1916-1917 look similar to their clothing. You could even check 1915, assuming that their dresses might not be new that year in 1917. For the post I wrote (with the link here) I was looking at ads from 1903 to 1909. The women during those times had very tiny waists and wore “waists” with pouffy sleeves. While I think Roselie looks older than 17 and younger than 27, I think her clothing may be closer to styles in 1917.

    It is a beautiful photograph of two beautiful ladies! And the bows – my mother was born in 1915 and by about 1918 or so was wearing very large bows in her hair, too.

    I hope you’re able to successfully determine the closest date.ReplyCancel

  • Nick Woods - March 24, 2011 - 8:06 pm

    Jen, Rosalie Melissa Hollingsworth was probably 17. The little girl standing next to her was supposed to be Mrs. Dill’s daughter.
    Joseph David Hollingsworth had married Mrs. Dill.
    The picture was probably taken in Nebraska before the 2nd Mrs. Hollingsworth nee Dill caught flu was very ill and died. Grandma Rose (my Grandma Andy’s Great-Grandma) loved her 2nd Mother and was very distraught when she died.
    As ever Mom W.ReplyCancel

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