Mary & Martha Barker

A photo of Mary & Martha Barker. My grandmother & her sister worked for Jeff Wilcox as housekeepers when they first came to California. They use to watch riverboats go by the mansion which overlooked the river. He gave them the gold buckles for Christmas made of Placer nuggets. Photo taken at Esterle's Gallery in Sacramento.
Date & Place: Unknown
Jul 25, 1831 - Unknown
Dec 9, 1840 - Apr 7, 1884
Updated Sep 13, 2018

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The belt buckles on those tiny, corseted waists are made of gold nuggets. Ahhhh . . . old California!
Sep 13, 2018 · Reply
Lilian CoLo
Me recordó a las hermanas Bronté.
Sep 15, 2018 · Reply
A.J. Winchell
They're hot🔥
Sep 14, 2018 · Reply
Anne Powderly
I guess the tight belts gave them sad faces
Sep 14, 2018 · Reply
Brenda Bilger
I would have hated wearing one of those things.
Sep 13, 2018 · Reply
Genny Landregan
I see what y ou’re saying- especially the one on the left!
Sep 13, 2018 · Reply
Marshall Nance
Fashionable waists, liver damage, unfortunate faces !
Sep 13, 2018 · Reply
Joy Cairncross
What did they use on their hair in those days ?...not a hair out of place...
Sep 13, 2018 · Reply
Judith McNutt
Didn’t wash it very often, grease
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Mike Share
Don't waste yur money
Sep 13, 2018 · Reply
KellieAnne Smith Foreman
i bet those waists made it hard to have kids without serious complications
Sep 13, 2018 · Reply
KellieAnne Smith Foreman
AncientFaces she may have lived, but that does not mean w/o complications. was it the one sitting down? She looks healthier than her sister.
Sep 13, 2018 ·
But at least one of them did! :)
Sep 13, 2018 ·
Puente Diane
They are darling girls! Belt buckles of gold nuggets? Hopefully those became heirlooms for future family members! The history behind them is fun!
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