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 Decade: 1870-1879
 Collection: Rescuing Texas History, 2009
[Portrait of Caroline Spears Matthews]
Photograph of Caroline Spears Matthews sitting for a portrait. She is wearing lace around her neck, a printed ribbon neck tie, and a two colored dress top. She is visible only from the chest up due to vignette effect.
[Portrait of Mary Jane Matthews and Bettie Reynolds]
Photograph of two girls taken as a portrait. The girl seated to the left (Mary Jane Matthews)has dark hair, dress, dark stockings and shoes. She is older than the blonde girl to the right (Bettie Reynolds) who is also wearing a lightly colored dress and dark shoes and stockings.
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