Mystery Photo #75: Young Woman on a Liden Cabinet Card

This cabinet card photo is from the L.N. Liden studio at 1619 W. Superior St. in Duluth. Identifying people in this type of photo is obviously a difficult task that depends more on luck than research skills, but nonetheless we give it the ol’ Perfect Duluth Day try.

Is there anything about her dress or that fan in her hand that tells us something?

A previous mystery photo from the same studio brought to light credible evidence that the fiery ol’ Swede Lars Liden abused his wife. The location of his former studio is now a parking lot across the street from Duluth Tent & Awning, where Duluth Pack products are manufactured.

For what it’s worth, the back of the photo is below.


Gina Temple-Rhodes

about 5 years ago

Based on her corset shape, I'd say this is pre-1900 or so. No "S-bend" shape as they did in later years. Looks uncomfortable! Maybe this is a graduation photo?

Paul Lundgren

about 5 years ago

Above is another photo from Liden's studio. This woman is similar looking to the one in our mystery photo, but doesn't quite seem to be the same person. 

This image is from the Swedish Roots website, which has 14 different L.N. Liden photos in its collection.

The caption on this image identifies the subject. "Brita (Betsy) Edström married Gus Johnson. Sister of Lilly Daniela Edström."

Also of note here is that apparently Linden had his studio on Rice's Point at one time.

Tony D.

about 5 years ago

Liden's shop at 1619 W. Superior St. was on Rice's Point—or rather in Rice's Point. RP was established as a township by Orrin Rice in 1856 and it included not just the sandbar point proper but all of what became known as the West End, today's Lincoln Park neighborhood. So when the card reads Rice's Point it essentially mean's the "neighborhood" of Rice's Point.

Paul Lundgren

about 5 years ago

Ah, yes. That makes sense.

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