Over the past few months, I immersed myself in historical facts and images. I had been sleuthing and archive diving in preparation for the talk I gave at the end of June.
It was after reading, and taking some pretty healthy notes from 140 manuscripts, that I discovered images of the Bandini family that I'd never seen before. Nearly a dozen of them. Very intimate images - Helen Elliott Bandini, a mother for the second time at about 40, looking like a night's rest would be golden. Or her brother Whittier striking an immensely formal pose, looking more like a banker than an ice cream store owner. The photos and their visual formality mirror a distant era of that seems so different from our own day to day lives.
|Courtesy of Elliott Collection, Huntington Library|