Mabel Green Edwardian Actress


The photo above is of Mabel Green, 1890 – 1970, daughter of Alfred Coomber and his wife Maud (Tanner). Mabel was married to the actor Stanley Steel. (Info from – click Mabel Green’s name in side panel, there isn’t a direct link to the page.)

Or, if you prefer, she was born in 1887 and died in 1975 and was married to Tom Stanley Steel who was a solicitor! (info from

You see, things can get a little confusing research-wise, online. But I’d rather find stuff this way than have to wade through huge tomes in the library as I would have done in earlier times.

Anyway… this is a fairly recent colouring and, as with the Maude Fealy and the Mignon Gypsy photos, I’ve kept this to a minimum of colours. I must say I’m enjoying doing them this way much more than I’d expected to!

The area that looks like it should be bare skin, is probably a thin, transluscent fabric instead, so I’ve left the pinkish tint there. And there’s an area that is probably lace from the hat, that I’ve just let fade into the background colour… call it artistic license if you will.


15 thoughts on “Mabel Green Edwardian Actress

  1. Looks great, that’s quite an outfit. Two things struck me – I don’t remember the last time I saw someone wearing a charm bracelet like that, but they were all around me, clinking, in high school. The second, stating the obvious, is that there must have been a whole army of people, probably starting in the Georgian era, designing and assembling all those hats. It must have been kind of fun – – lace, ribbons, bows, feathers, toss it all in, anything goes. At my uncle’s house, he has a little vase with my grandmother’s big hatpins, with fancy knobs and whatnot on the ends. Anyway, this was a great job, congratulations.

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    1. Yes, I remember charm bracelets, too. Not seen one in years.
      The hats from that period were amazing. When colouring these I’m often baffled about where the hat stops and the head starts… 😉
      I’ve not seen hatpins for years. Thanks, Robert.

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  2. I don’t know what happened to my charm bracelet, but I certainly wish I had it now. It’s been gone for decades. When we’re young, we often discard things that seem valueless at the time. Ah, well.

    The hat reminds me of the unspoken competition among women at Easter time, when having the best bonnet was considered important. The only time I see such hats to day is at Ascot, or sometimes the Kentucky Derby. Still, they don’t come close to these concoctions.

    It took me a while to find the lace in the background, but I think your treatment’s just right. I like the variation among the shades of pink, too.

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    1. Can you imagine the amount of stuff we’d have if we kept everything from our childhood and youth?

      Ah yes, Ascot’s the event at which to see weird and wonderful hats… I’ve never been to it but over the years have seen many photos of the headwear worn.

      Thanks, Linda.


  3. I like the minimal use of color. For me, the use of too much color can sometimes take away from the image. It’s like how an over use of special effects in a movie can be a distraction from the storyline. Nice work as always. 😊

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    1. Thanks, Q. I’m sort of torn on both counts – sometimes I like oversaturation, sometimes I loathe it. I suppose, really, it depends on the image. That said, I am enjoying doing some of these photos like this.

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