This gelatin dry plate negative was taken in the Aultman Studio (Trinidad, Colo.) by Oliver E. Aultman (1867-1953) in 1913. The Aultman Studio register identifies the the subject pictured as Gradie Lemons. The negative shows two separate exposures of Lemons. Both exposures show only Lemon's head and bust. The two portraits are nearly identical except Lemons looks directly at the camera in the portrait on the right. In the portrait on the left, she gazes down at the floor. Lemons wears the same outfit in both portraits: a pinstriped dress with a dark, satin collar. A large, metal emblem is pinned to her chest. Her is braided and pinned back. A studio backdrop is visible behind her.
The Aultman Photography Studio (Trinidad, Colo.) operated out of Trinidad, Colorado from 1899-2000. Oliver E. Aultman (1867-1953) founded the studio and was its chief photographer until his son, Glenn Aultman (1904-2000) took over the business in the early 1950's. Otis A. Aultman (1874-1943), Oliver's younger brother, also operated at photography studio in the Trinidad area from 1892-1907. Several of his images are included in the Aultman Studio collection. While the Aultmans mostly produced studio portraits of Trinidad's residents, they also shot images of landscapes, streets scenes, mining operations, buildings, and local events. This photograph is part the Aultman Studio collection (Ph.00500).
Donated by Glenn Aultman, 2000.