Well, this much we know about Mrs. A. T. Hermann—she liked jewelry. I count one choker, two necklaces, and one pin. She must have dressed up for the photo. I imagine that the trim on her exuberant bow is made from polka dot fabric of her blouse, but it looks like dashes to me. Perhaps there is a Morse Code message hidden here.
The photo comes from the YWCA of Silicon Valley Collection. Of course in Mrs. Hermann’s day no one knew that the largely agricultural area would become an economic power house.
Can someone illuminate me on the origin and purpose of the velvet choker around the neck? It looks terribly uncomfortable.