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Object Name Photograph
Title William Sydney Porter & Athol Estes
Object ID 2016.01.13
Collection O. Henry Museum Collection
Year Range from 1884.0
Year Range to 1897.0
Description Photographs of William Sydney Porter (O. Henry) and his first wife Athol Estes in a double photograph mat. The photograph of Porter (proper right side of mat) was taken when he was in his mid-20s in the mid-1880s; he is sporting a handlebar mustache and is wearing a pinstripe suit jacket and vest, a white dress shirt, and a paisley tie. The photograph is an albumen print on a cabinet card. On the bottom front of the card is the photographer or name "S.B. Hill" (proper right) and Austin, Texas (proper left). Above the studio information, in pencil, are the words "For Effie." (Effie almost certainly refers to Effie Roach, Athol's step-sister.)

The photograph of Athol is undated, but it was likely taken in the early 1890s when she was in her early 20s based on the fashion of her blouse. Athol wears a lacy white shirtwaist with a high, ruffled collar, and the sleeves are fairly slim. Her hair appears to be styled in a pompadour without bangs. The photograph itself appears to be a copy, since under a magnifying lens the image is composed of tiny dots.

The mat to which both photographs are adhered is dark gray, textured, and constructed like a booklet. The mat can be folded so that the photographs are enclosed inside. The exterior sides of the mat both have tabs that fold backwards and span the length of the mat. The frames of both photographs are dark beige and have two interior borders that are filled with silver gilt. On the bottom of the proper left frame, below Athol's photograph, is the logo "The Elliotts" (in script) and beneath that "AUSTIN, TEX."
Dimension Details Mat when open: 11 9/16" x 8 5/8"
Mat when closed: 5 3/4" x 8 5/8"