palmyra

A pretty young fashionable lady poses for her portrait at the Hopkins studio in Palmyra, New York. She has a large spray of flowers pinned to her lovely dress. She is wearing a ring on each hand and a pleasant half-smile on her face. The photographer of this wonderful fashion image is Alfred C. Hopkins (1852-1940). He listed in the "Village of Palmyra Residents Directory" (1901-1902) which lists his gallery address as 81 Main Street. He provides a testimonial for Eastman's Solio Photographic Paper (made by Eastman Kodak) in "Pacific Coast Photographer" (1894). Hopkins was born in England. He was married to H. Clara Hopkins and was widowed and retired by the time of the 1930 census. Interestingly, the first reference to Hopkins as a photographer was found in an 1869 city directory. He was only about 19 years old and was clearly a pioneer in the field. Hopkins died in 1940 and is buried in the Palmyra Cemetery.