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This photograph of Kate Maria (Shumway) Russell may have been taken just after the birth of her only child, Janet Lucretia Russell, in 1886. Kate had grown up in Webster, Massachusetts, where this photograph was taken, and she may have decided to have her child at her family's home. She is wearing an elegant winter dress, a dress that is fashionable but reserved. It is suitable for a prosperous, married woman. William Russell worked for the International Paper Company in Turners Falls, Massachusetts. Eventually, the family moved to New York City, where William worked his way up in the company. Eventually, he became an executive (the auditor of the company), and by the late 1890s they were able to afford to spend the summers in Turners Falls.


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Kate Russell (Mrs. William Russell)

photographer   Chamberlain
date   1886
location   Webster, Massachusetts
height   6.12"
width   4.0"
width   4.25"
height   6.5"
process/materials   paper print
item type   Photograph/Photograph
accession #   #1996.12.2290

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