Twentieth century photograph collection, Special Collections Department, University of Memphis Libraries
Image of an unknown woman dressed in white standing next to bouquets of flowers in a photographic studio, possibly a wedding photograph. The photograph was taken by well-known Memphis photographer Clifford H. Poland, Sr., and is dated August 5, 1918.
The photograph has been hand colored, where colored paint is applied to a black and white photograph. Practiced since the advent of photography in the nineteenth century, hand coloring was the only way to produce a color photograph before Kodak introduced color film in the mid-twentieth century. Between 1915 and 1925, hand-colored photographs were popular among the middle classes in the United States as affordable and stylish wedding gifts, shower gifts, holiday gifts, friendship gifts, and vacation souvenirs. With the start of the Great Depression in 1929, and the subsequent decrease in the numbers of the middle class, sales of hand-colored photographs diminished sharply.
1918 August 5
"Woman with flowers, 1918" (2021). Other images. 38.
Memphis (Tenn.), Photographs--Hand colored.