I have no context for this photograph; my cousin sent it to me and said that she’d categorized it as taken in 1905; however, Nellie would’ve been 10 in that year and the girl in the picture looks much younger.
This is the only image of this candidness (and cuteness!) that I have of anyone in the family (except for this one on the left of my grandfather as an infant).
I wonder if one of the aunt’s paid for either or both of these portraits or if they were taken at home?
I only have one other photograph of Nellie when she was young; it was taken sometime between 1907 and 1915. She is posed with her father, Louis and her step-mother Emma (née Rosenberger). Louis and Emma were married in 1907; Nellie looks older than 12 to me here, but she could have looked mature for her age.