One thing is obvious at the exhibit “Faces, Places & Spaces.” Houston women at the turn of the 20th century wore far too much clothing. Despite the city’s mild winters and sticky, steamy summers, local women frequently donned heavy furs and multi-layered frocks that kept them covered from neck to toe. The exhibit, currently on display at the Houston Public Library’s Julia Ideson Building, is a presentation of photographs of Houstonians and their young city, all captured by glass plate negatives. Advances in technology rendered the plates obsolete early in the development of photography. But from the 1880s to the 1920s, the plates were commonly used.
“Faces, Places & Spaces” includes dozens of plates and photos. Drawn from the vast holdings of the Houston Metropolitan Research Center, the images show naked babies posed on pillows, young couples in wedding garb, soldiers on horseback, and society mavens. Others feature beach scenes, the interiors of luxurious homes and society gatherings. Most of the photos are posed, but a few are candid snaps. There’s an especially well-composed image of a trio of barefoot boys playing cards on a wood-slat porch. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. 500 McKinney. For information, call 832-393-1313 or visit www.houstonlibrary.org. Free.
Mondays-Wednesdays, Saturdays. Starts: June 9. Continues through Sept. 1, 2012