I found this at Abernyte Antiques. The image is so odd I thought it was a photograph of a museum display!
It's actually a production photograph from a play by Lady Gregory called The Workhouse Ward.
I was delighted to read the costume notes in the message, Leila went to great lengths to create a believable character, such a good find.
It reads -
April 22nd 1934
So many thanks for yr (sic) most interesting letter. I will write very soon.
I am sending Observer to you.
Do you recognise Leila. She acted in "The Workhouse Ward"
Shawl etc sent over from Ireland. She looks real Irish doesn't she.
All very well here.
Much love Alice.