Lecturer Sojourner Truth
sold various carte de visite (CDV) portrait photos
at her public appearances. Above she is pictured with yarn from her work bag.
Her work bag is on the right here.
She is often pictured with something in her
left hand (viewer's left) because an untreated accident
during her days in slavery
left that hand paralyzed.
Looking for something to do at a re-enactment?
Another knitter in a cased photo
from the George Eastman House collection.
Handwork is always good.
From the LadysResourceCDV blog.
She posts pictures of interesting CDV's.
I'm guessing at the date of the pictures by the clothing,
hair styles and photo format.
This is one of those naive charcoal portraits, based
on a photo, very often very unflattering.
Is that a quilt?
A tintype of a woman showing off her needlework tools
I showed this last week. Two women posed with a sewing box.
Most of these pictures are copied from
online auctions. Here's a crocheter in tintype that I
But don't think it was all handwork.
Perhaps an advertisement for a sewing machine?