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Photo 1: Helen J. Stewart, c. 1888.[Photo 1] with link to larger version of photo.
(Courtesy of Nevada State Museum and Historical Society, Las Vegas)

This photo was taken not many years after the death of her husband. She was about 34 years old. As the first lady of Las Vegas, Mrs. Stewart was sought out by distinguished travelers who came through the region. Although not at the center of fashion, she dressed impressively considering how isolated she was.

Questions for Photo 1

1. Describe Helen Stewart's clothing. Is this what you would expect a rancher to wear? Do you think she would have worn clothes like this every day? Why or why not?

2. What image do you think Helen Stewart is trying to convey in this photograph?

3. Why do you think Helen gained the nickname "the first lady of Las Vegas?"

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