Local hardware store hoping to identify model from historic photo

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- A local hardware store is hoping to find the family of a mysterious model the store used for an ad when it first opened its doors in the late 1800s.

The woman, known as the “Hardware Lady,” modeled hardware items on her dress for one of San Diego Hardware’s first advertisements 125 years ago.

The company is hoping to identify the mystery model in time for their December 8 anniversary party. The store also hopes to honor the model and her family.

The model’s dress was styled with keys, locks and chains and a small wood burning stove. The woman’s crown was made of spoons, clothespins and other hardware from the store.

The store was founded in 1892 and now operates in Kearny Mesa and online.

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