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Minnie Rollins Howard Lockett (1873–1966)

Minnie Rollins Howard Lockett

Minnie Rollins Howard Lockett (1873–1966), c. 1890s, Knaffl & Brother Photography, Knoxville, Platinotype, Bequest of Judge John Webb Green and Ellen McClung Green, 1957.3.173.26.

Photographer Joseph Knaffl partnered with his brother Charles to open the photography studio Knaffl and Brother in 1884. The downtown Knoxville studio focused on portrait and art photography. Middle and upper class Knoxvillians dropped by the studio in their finest to have portraits made.

Minnie Rollins Howard Lockett, and her husband A. Percy Lockett, were well-to-do Knoxvillians––he was a wholesale grocer, and she came from a wealthy Mississippi plantation family. Note her fancy dress, fascinator (hair piece), and pocket watch. Portraits like these were often kept in the family photo album, but also copies were exchanged among family and friends.

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