New Photo of Emma Borden

02 Dec

From a recently acquired photo comes another purported image of Emma Lenora Borden, sister to Lizzie Borden.  Stefani Koorey, obsessed with all things Borden, quit her tenured teaching job in theater history at Valencia Community College in Orlando, Florida and moved to  Fall River early last summer.   Unemployed and sharing an apartment next door to “Maplecroft” where her boyfriend lives, she spends time digging thru old  boxes of old photos  in search of Borden family members.  But this time she saw an old photo for sale and bought it, believing it to be Emma Borden.  Lucky for us Stefani Koorey made the move and pulled out another photo – this time identifying it as Emma Borden.  Personally, I think it is Emma.  Let’s take a look, shall we?

Above carte-de-visite taken at Melville Sumner studio on 5 So. Main probably between 1873 and 1877 when Emma would have been 23 to 27 years old.

I know, I know. At first glance, anyone familiar with the often published Emma Borden as seen below would say “That ain’t her.”    Here is the Emma we are familiar with:

Here she is obviously older – perhaps the pictures are around 10 years apart – it certainly would serve the maxim that stress ages a person rapidly, doncha think?

What I find remarkable is comparing the “new Emma” with the “young Andrew” – remember that?

In this new image she certainly seems to have her father’s nose, bulbous eyes and mouth.  The downward curvature of the lip lines as they grew older seems to have been a Borden trait.

Poor Emma.  Her disapproval of Abby bore upon her countenance as she aged.  Perhaps not just that, but also her self-imposed life of quiet restraint and solitude contributed to the appearance of a woman who radiated little joy or happiness upon which her friends could remark.

How about these, folks?

Nah.  We’ll just have to wait until the next ” big reveal”.   Some, like me, may think it stupid to leave a good paying job in these economic times just to chase Lizzie in Fall River, but those of us interested in the case certainly reap the benefits of her finds.   Keep ’em comin’!


Posted by on December 2, 2008 in Swansea, The Borden Family


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12 responses to “New Photo of Emma Borden

  1. kim

    January 12, 2009 at 12:39 AM

    Wow–my first reaction was “no way” but comparing it to the second, it is her twin.

    That pansy brooch sure looks familiar—did Lizzie borrow it for her own photograph? 😉

  2. jayne

    April 10, 2009 at 11:50 PM

    i do think it’s emma. definitely several years apart the two photos are almost identical as far as individual features go. the mouth, eyes, chin, even the ears. the hairdo looks identical not only in style but also the hairline and the part. the facial expression and the way the head is held is virtually identical. it’s emma.

  3. jayne

    April 10, 2009 at 11:52 PM

    oh also, comparing it to the young andrew’s portrait is so close it’s creepy. no question after that clincher.

  4. teresa

    February 26, 2010 at 9:46 PM

    The thing that troubles me is the ear,and the shape of them. The older Emma’s ear seem to be set further back on her head, whereas in the younger “EMMA”,they seem to be closer set to the head. Please respond with insight. Thank you. Teresa. A devoted follower of the Borden Case.

  5. Pamela Strickland

    January 5, 2014 at 7:04 PM

    Considering the age differences if the looks just like her to me..just younger. Everybody changes with age..our faces drop due to gravity..and back then, they didn’t have the cosmetics as we do now so women aged much faster than we do now. However..comparing the 2 photos..the bone structure is the same.

  6. Anonymous

    April 18, 2014 at 10:44 PM

    how bout lizzie just wanted her daddys money.

  7. Marianne

    November 7, 2014 at 5:25 PM

    In the first photo Emma is wearing the same neck brooch (flower) worn by her sister Lizzie in another photo.

    • phayemuss

      November 7, 2014 at 10:00 PM

      Good observation, Marianne. Perhaps Lizzie gave it to her as a gift years later?

  8. Marianne

    November 9, 2014 at 6:54 PM

    I have a photo I believe to be Lizzie as an older woman. I guess I should contact the Fall River Historical Society to authenticate it. It is actually from an old family album of mine. Would that be the best thing to do?

    • phayemuss

      November 11, 2014 at 8:57 PM

      Or send it to me as an email. I can tell you if it is or not.

  9. Marianne

    December 10, 2014 at 1:59 PM

    What happened to my reply?? I sent the Lizzie as an older woman to your email weeks month ago. Could you let me know what you think of the photo?

    • phayemuss

      December 12, 2014 at 4:01 AM

      I thought I did reply. Sorry. It’s not Lizzie. 😦


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