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Gay’s Studio Photo of Christian Endeavor Society Ladies: THIS IS NOT LIZZIE BORDEN!

19 Apr

Gay's Studio 257 Main Gay’s Studio at 257 N. Main

The purported image of Lizzie Borden below is NOT Lizzie.  Whether or not this group of ladies were members of the Central Congregational Church Christian Endeavor Society, as the owner of the original photograph believes (he was half owner of the Carr-Osborne house), is a matter of conjecture.   As a matter of fact, the legitimacy of this being Lizzie Borden was debated, investigated and brought to a rightful conclusion years ago  in the now OOP Lizzie Borden Quarterly.

GayGroup“Here is a photo take in the late 19th century. A group of young women who pose for a studio portrait. Perhaps a church group. A few years ago this platinum print was described as possibly the Christian Endeavor Society of the Central Congregational Church of Fall River, Mass. The thought was that this image include Lizzie Borden.

Gay3We still have never been able to confirm that notation. Various scholars of note have debated the subject of this photo. The pencil notation “Gay” was the leading photography studio of Fall River and the style and pencil signature is consistent with the era of this mounting. This image was found in storage in a Fall River home and purchased around 1984-85.

GayCloseupTHIS IS NOT – REPEAT NOT – LIZZIE BORDEN

We did receive a signed letter from a noted authority on Lizzie Borden in which they stated: “I have little doubt that the figure at the lower right, middle row is Lizzie Borden.” “It was her official duty as treasurer of that society (Christian Endeavor Society of the Central Congregational Church) that kept her from going to Marion with friends on the fatal day of August 4, 1892.” “At the time of the murders, and later at the trial, there was never any reference made to a Lizze look-alike.” A number of years ago The Fall River Historical Society had a different opinion and declined to authenticate the image. Inquiries?”

By clicking HERE you will find the source for the above. Scroll down on the first page to “Emphemera” and click that and scroll down to more info on this photo.

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One response to “Gay’s Studio Photo of Christian Endeavor Society Ladies: THIS IS NOT LIZZIE BORDEN!

  1. Anonymous

    May 6, 2010 at 5:34 PM

    she was the worst person ever!

     

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