I don't normally acquire cabinet photo portraits for the Archive, there are just so many out there, and individually they are generally unremarkable (it's a shame, of course, that so many have lost their connection with the names of those pictured). However, these two very beautiful sisters caught my eye...the style of the portrait, and even the backing board, was a bit unusual. Sadly, no one bothered to write their names on the back. At least we knew that the photo was taken by a studio in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
The watches pinned to their blouses was a fad in the 1890s.