Old Cabinet Card

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We bought a pile of Victorian cabinet cards recently — mostly to sell in the shop but also because we like collecting them. Usually we buy ones where the sitters are wearing pretty elaborate costumes — all dressed up in their Victorian best for their day in front of the camera — but we bought this one because it stood out as different from the rest:

Victorian cabinet card.

At first we thought this was a sweet looking older lady but the more I look at it the more I find her slightly sinister — and possibly not as old as I first thought:

There’s something about the look in her eyes that I don’t like (apart from the fact they appear to be looking in two different directions). And I think she only looks older because of what might be an absence of teeth. Or perhaps not — I sometimes read sinister into practically everything.

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