some of our very intelligent and well-informed readers, I can now
answer that question about what Mollie is holding!
right hand she holds a head rest. You can see a more complete picture on the
page with Leonard
used by early photographers to help the subject hold his or her head still
during the relatively long exposure time as the photograph was being
left hand holds an iron, but it's a very small one. I originally thought it
might be a toy iron, but a reader suggested that it was a shirt collar iron.
That makes sense, especially in a photographer's studio, where one might
need to make a quick touch-up to one's wrinkled collar.
to everyone who wrote to me about this! I will add a link to a wonderful web
site with illustrations of early photographers' head rests, provided the
owner of the website gives me permission to link to the page. Stay