The omnipresent woman


From Hennessy–something of an addendum to yesterday’s post on Abby Hopper Gibbons.

As referenced in John Cummings’s comment this morning, in fact Abby Hopper Gibbons appears in two other images taken in May 1864–likely the same day as the others we looked at yesterday.  Research by John Cummings, Noel Harrison, and Bob Szabo recently confirmed the these images are of a home called “Scotia,” located on Charles Street between George and William, owned by the Scott family in 1864, but more importantly used as headquarters for the United States Sanitary Commission (the house no longer stands).  As these images show, Gibbons found herself in front of a camera five times over two days.  Here is a closeup from the above, and there is Gibbons partially hidden by the pillar.

And then there is view of the back of the house:

And lo and behold, there she is again, this time with what appears to be her daughter and another woman who appears in the Charles Street views.

Not earth-shattering, but interesting stuff.  Thanks to John Cummings for bringing this to everyone’s attention.  We’ll do some additional posts on the City of Hospitals period in the near future.

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3 thoughts on “The omnipresent woman

  1. How do you suppose these women got out onto the upper porch on the back of Scotia? From what I can tell, there is no door leading to the area, only windows. Its hard to imagine these women, especially the older lady climbing out through the window with those huge dresses just to have their photo taken yet again.

  2. I’d not noticed that before, but it really looks as though the only way out there was through the window. It seems Abby Gibbons, noble though she was, would do most anything to be in a photo, even crawling through an open window with a hoop skirt.

    Good catch.

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