photos and stories from the Powerhouse Museum
This portrait by an unattributed studio shows a Miss Wallace, according to the information inscribed on the glass plate negative, (see detail below). The negative is also marked ‘Beauty Comp’ indicating that Miss Wallace, (or her photograph) may have been entered in a beauty contest. In the late 19th and early 20th century beauty competitions often took the form of slide show presentations in theatres as part of a variety of entertainments. Audiences clapped and cheered, (or not) as a way of rating the entrants’ images.
Photography by unattributed studio, Tyrrell collection 66/35
No known copyright restrictions