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Sunday, December 4, 2011

The Beautiful Era: Berthine Thompson, circa 1905

It's fitting that the Edwardian period is also known as "La Belle Epoque (The Beautiful Era)."  The winsome young woman above is the epitome of Edwardian beauty in her "Gibson-Girl"-style hairdo and smocked, lace-trimmed dress.  Her silhouette is typical of the Edwardian period with its "S-shape," created by the new corsets of the time.

Her name is Berthine Thompson.   The photograph was taken at the McCabe studios on W. Madison Street in Chicago.  I found this photo in a collection of photos with a Manitowoc, Wisconsin connection.  I looked online at the various US censuses and did find a few Berthine Thompsons in the 1880, 1900 and 1910 censuses.  There was one Berthine (Bertha) Thompson who was born in Mantiowoc County in 1879.  Is it her, I wonder?

I am dating this photo around 1905 or so, but I am not a fashion expert, so if you have experience in that area, I'd love to hear from you.



  1. Sent to you her married name I found .. via email

  2. I was looking at the Thompson Photo on your site, because I have relatives
    with that Surname . This obit I believe belongs to her sister and shows Berthine’s married name.


    Mrs. Christine Paulson, 84, of Valders, died early Monday morning
    at Manitowoc County Hospital where she had been a patient for two
    weeks following an illness of two years. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Our Saviour Lutheran
    Church, Valders, with the Rev. Jerry E. Moe officiating.Interment will be in the church cemetery.
    Mrs. Paulson was born June 16, 1875, in the town of Rockland, daughter
    of the late Edward and Anna Aubul Thompson. She was married to George
    Torrison Oct. 9, 1895, at Evangelical Lutheran Church, Valders.
    Following the death of Mr. Torrison in 1916, she was married to Eli
    Paulson Nov. 28, 1928, at Manitowoc. He preceded her in death in 1951.

    Mrs. Paulson was a member of Our Saviour Lutheran Church and the church
    Ladies Aid. She was also a member of Valders American Legion Auxiliary
    and Homemakers Club. Survivors include five sons by her first marriage,
    Eugene and Hartley of Chicago, Norman and Ivan of Valders and Syvan of
    Clark Mills; a daughter, Mrs. A. I. Nauman of Pittsburgh; four brothers, Martin of
    Washington, Anders of Gilman, Wis., George of Valders (sic--stated 4
    brothers but only 3 named) a sister, Mrs. Berthine? Hammar of Valders;
    11 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. Friends may call at Berge Funeral Home, Valders, after 2 p.m. Wednesday until 11 a.m. Thursday when the body will be moved to the church to lie

    in state until the hour of service.

    Manitowoc Herald Times, Monday, September 28, 1959 P. 15 ****** On Torrison

  3. Thank you so much for finding this! Berthine isn't that common a name, and so I do believe that you are probably right: Berthine Hammar is probably her married name. I'll investigate further thanks to your help!

  4. Here she is on Find-a-grave: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=109859771