This is a stunning photo! The beautiful woman, the dress, the flowers. There are beads and sparkles on the bodice of the dress. She wears a large pendant and white gloves. It’s definitely a wedding photo, but I’m not sure this is the bride – there is no veil. What do you think?
A very interesting factor for this photo is the back – a rendition of the photographer’s building on 957 Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, Illinois. Louis Rudolph is the owner – notice his last name above the second floor, and his full name over the shop windows. This also gives us an idea of pricing for photographs during this time period – cabinet photos (such as the one shown) are $2.00 per dozen! 12 cabinets and a life size crayon are $4.75. The building is very decorative – from the kiosk standing at the curb to the small domes at the top! This was one way of advertising – ‘Where did you get your photo taken?’ – information right on the back!
Louis H. Rudolph ran this shop on Milwaukee Avenue from 1892-1900. I checked, but there is no building standing there today! What a loss!