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    All images courtesy of the National Archive of Thailand unless otherwise noted.

    WHO is the woman in this early 20th-century Siamese photograph?

    Is the scene a tableau taken in an elite woman’s toilette, as one source suggests?[1]

    Where and when was this image captured, and by whom?

    What do we make of her style of dress, the dressing table, and her amazingly long hair?

    The answers to these questions provide not only a rare glimpse inside the rarefied atmosphere of the Siamese king’s harem on the cusp of the twentieth century, and the lives of the women who lived there, but also new insights into the social and historical significance of elite photography in Bangkok at the turn of the twentieth century.

    http://quod.lib.umich.edu/t/tap/7977...;view=fulltext
    http://thailandchatter.com/showthrea...ll=1#post45112

  • #2
    The Bannag clan were quite the influence, integrating themselves nicely throughout the Chulalongkorn era.

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    • #3
      They certainly helped the United Kingdom by allowing free trade. We could do with a few more of them all over Asia. I do hope that being a farang does not exclude me from having an interest in Thai history.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Mee Boon View Post
        The Bannag clan were quite the influence, integrating themselves nicely throughout the Chulalongkorn era.
        Bunnag [sp]

        Still retain considerable power today, especially throughout royal court circles.

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