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Frances and Mary Allen (1858-1941) of Deerfield, Massachusetts, were 2 of the best early glass-plate camerawomen. Their photographs often do not report life but rather show life, as the Allens wanted it to be, story-like and peaceful. The sisters printed 4 catalogs of their work and their photographs were often used in books written by others. "Little Puritan" appeared first in a catalog printed in 1911. The photograph is colonial revival and makes this view of history seem like a sort of stage performance.


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"Little Puritan"

photographer   Frances and Mary Allen
date   c. 1911
location   Deerfield, Massachusetts
process/materials   platinum print
item type   Photograph/Photograph
accession #   #1996.14.0458.01-.03

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Barbara Allen (1902-1931) dressed as a Puritan

"Barbara Reading" or "Stolen Fruit"

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