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’!