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Each week, we share an interesting or curious image from the BHS Archives on the
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POTW Burton SistersPhoto of the Week:
Burton Sisters

The Photo of the Week is a tintype photograph of sisters Minnie Burton and Virginia Burton with their sister-in-law (presumably Josie Newcombe) seated with arms interlocked, identical outfits, and fierce expressions. This photograph was taken around 1885 by an unknown photographer, but likely at a studio in Brooklyn. The Burton family included William H. Burton, a house painter, and his wife Virginia Baptista, both immigrants who created a home at 436 Lafayette Avenue in what is now considered the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn. Read more about the Burton family on the
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[Portrait of three women], ca 1885, v1981.283.48, Burton family paper and photographs, ARC.217; Brooklyn Historical Society.

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