Saturday, April 22, 2006

West Virginia Women

Joseph Diss Debarr, an immigrant from the Alsace (France) who settled in Doddridge County, sketched these images of West Virgina women in the mid 1800s. The top is sketches are rural and poorer women, the bottom is sketches of town women and the more affluent.

On the right are two earliest likenesses I have of Orlando women: Patience (Duvall) Skinner, (left) drawn about 1890, and her mother-in-law Phoebe (Conrad) Skinner, (right) photographed before 1886.

For more of Debarr's sketches check out the entry immediately before this one, Pioneers' Early Work, and check out the source at the West Virginia Culture and History website.

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