Advertising Banner Women
This portrait of a woman, circa 1870-1900, is identified as Marie Stover of Williamsport, Pennsylvania. She’s holding a cake, wearing a loaf of bread as a hat and a dress adorned with donuts, cookies, and pretzels. Presumably, she is advertising a bakery.
So-called ‘Banner Women’ were a common way of advertising one’s business in the late 19th century, as can be seen here.