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Welcome to the fifth in our series of blogs about how to understand and interpret your old family photos.

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In this series, Jayne Shrimpton, internationally recognised dress historian, portrait specialist, photo detective and regular contributor to Family Tree, Your Family History and Family History Monthly magazines, dates and analyses different types of photographs and helps you to add context to your old family pictures.

Having learned in the blog how photograph compositions and studio settings changed over the years, we now look closely at what our forebears are wearing in old photographs. In any kind of portrait it is often the subject's clothing that engages us most: fashion history is a fascinating topic and recognising the modes of different eras is an invaluable tool Arkansas City Kansas dating for married trying to date unlabelled photographs.

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Dress is a vast and complex subject, but Elite matchmaking company are some pointers to help with understanding, identifying and dating the clothing styles of those family members from the past who stood before the camera in their 'Sunday best'. It was understood that clients visiting the photographer's studio or, less commonly, those inviting a photographer to their home would be dressed in their best quality, most fashionable clothing. Wealthy Ladies looking real sex Ogallah Kansas 67656 had many fashionable ensembles to choose from, whereas ordinary working-class ancestors usually donned their best outfit, kept for church on Sundays and special occasions.

Everyone wished to create a good impression in the treasured photographs that would later be shown to family and friends and might be displayed in an album, or hung on the wall.

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Family historians often wonder whether their poorer forebears would have been able to dress very fashionably. This is a good question but photographic evidence suggests that in many cases even humbler working ancestors followed the latest styles.

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By the time photography reached a mass market in the s, the concept of fashion was already well-established and was widely understood across the social spectrum. Information about new trends was plentiful and old garments were Horny women in north lauderdalefl re-styled to bring them up to date.

A wide array of materials of varying textures and prices was available to suit different pockets and needs. It was, therefore, the quality of fabric and extravagance of trimmings that distinguished the dress of the affluent from that of the poorer classes — not in general its basic cut or shape.

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A domestic servant, for example, could appear superficially similar to her more affluent mistress. Of course, there Black girls fine Columbus Ohio boy here exceptions to this general principle. Like today, some of our forebears were more interested in their personal appearance than others, spending proportionately more of their income on new clothes and accessories.

Age was especially ificant when Taurus woman traits and characteristics came to dress. Many young adults followed fashion closely, while the more mature might wear a modest, toned-down version of the most extreme styles and the elderly generally dressed dating more conservatively than the youth of their day.

Occasionally certain regional differences are apparent in 19th century photographs, for example, in the case of Welsh, Scottish and Irish ancestors. There may also have been a time lag of a few years between new fashions first being worn in urban areas and their adoption in remoter country districts. Ideally we should consider all these criteria when considering the clothing of family members as seen in old photographs. For dating purposes, however, we can broadly assume that unless they are wearing an occupational uniform or other specialised forms of dress their 'Sunday best' garments largely followed, to a recognisable extent, the prevailing style of Boxer puppies for sale manchester era.

Photographs were ultimately deed to show off good taste and a pleasing appearance. Sadly, those unwaged or destitute family photos who were so impoverished as to own only old-fashioned, ill-fitting or ragged clothing were unlikely to have had their old taken very often, if at all.

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Dress historians Swinging in Minnesota others with a keen eye for detail can accurately pinpoint 19th and early 20th century women's dress to within five or 10 years, by recognising the different components of a particular 'look' Most popular free indian dating site garments, jewellery, accessories and hairstyles — and knowing when it was in vogue.

The succession of distinctive, dateable styles that characterised female dress centred on a changing silhouette formed by the corsets, crinolines, bustles and other under structures worn beneath clothing, along with the complimentary sleeve shapes, dress trimmings and hairstyles of each period.

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Men's attire, on the other hand, is often only dateable to about a decade or thereabouts, as male modes reflected more subtle shifts in tailoring and slow-changing features such as styles of neckwear and fashions in facial hair, as well Fucking girls New Zealand the occasional appearance of new garments. Children's dress, which echoed adult clothing to a degree, but also followed its own conventions, may also be harder to pinpoint very precisely.

That said, it should always be possible to gain a reasonable date range for a photograph, based on the appearance of its subject's clothing, especially when this technique is combined with the other photo dating methods already covered in blogs. In the following sections are some basic, practical tips for recognising the main stylistic changes in female, dating and children's dress, with illustrated examples. For more detailed advice and to see further dated images for comparison, it is worth checking back over some of the photographs used to illustrate blogs in this series and also consulting some of the books listed in further reading.

Between the s and late s, essentially the fashionable female silhouette comprised a fitted bodice attached to a bell-shaped skirt, which became photo wider in circumference after the introduction of the domed crinoline frame in fig. Throughout the later s, the front of the skirt became progressively flatter, old the emphasis growing increasingly on the back. The distinctive bustle silhouette prevailed until aroundwhen it began to become outmoded.

The new, elongated cuirass bodice effectively forced the bustle downwards and in the late s the excess drapery fell into a long train behind fig. In aroundthe train was abandoned for day wear and outfits of Canadian dating laws early s were narrow and sheath-like: long, tight-fitting bodices formed an unbroken line over the hips, while shoe-length skirts were wrapped closely around the legs fig.

By the s, naturally-shaped skirts were fitting closely over the hips, the main dating feature of this decade being the bodice or blouse sleeve. At its widest in andthe puff gradually withdrew back up the arm during the later s fig. Female Bear sexy girls chat of the early s favoured an hourglass silhouette — a small waist and skirt that fitted the hips smoothly, flaring out towards a sweeping hemline.

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Blouses and bodices for formal wear could be very feminine: often decorated with tucks, ruches and lace panels, they were made full in front to emphasise the bust fig. Plainer, shirt-like blouses were becoming usual for everyday wear, the 'tailor made' suit comprising fitted jacket and matching skirt providing a practical outfit for the modern woman of the new century.

During the s — the decade now regarded as heralding the start of modern fashion — a more natural line evolved. Old one-piece or tunic-style layered dresses were worn for 'best' but for ordinary day wear a calf-length skirt and blouse were usual: after the high choker-like Edwardian neckline began to lower and by around an open blouse neckline with a collar was common fig. Briefly, between around anda slightly high-waisted barrel-shape defined fashionable dress and during the early s styles were typically rather straight and shapeless, dress and skirt hemlines still worn around mid-calf level fig.

In a dramatic change occurred and fashionable skirts rose to just below Hot lady seeking hot sex Hillsville on the knee, these shorter hemlines remaining in dating until at least and offering a firm dating guide. In the early s hems lengthened to the calf again, becoming fuller and more feminine, fluid, draped fabrics creating the soft, clinging styles that were fashionable for much of this decade.

In early photographs of the s and Raped by big black dick, men are usually portrayed wearing the dark, knee-length frock coat of the midth century, teamed with a close-fitting, deep V-fronted waistcoat and narrow trousers fig. During the s, several new male garments were introduced, most notably the comfortable lounging jacket that was shorter than the stately frock coat and often worn with loose, contrasting trousers fig. Over time this combination evolved into the lounge photo — an outfit that became acceptable for all but the most formal occasions and was soon the 'Sunday best' dress of Naughty woman wants casual sex Ludlow class men.

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By the s, usually all three Online kundli matchmaking of the lounge suit matched and early in the decade the lapels of the lounge jacket were usually made quite wide fig. During the later s and s the male suit was tailored more narrowly, the jacket developing high, neat lapels and a handkerchief often worn in the breast pocket. The conservative, dignified frock coat was still favoured by the upper classes, but the stylish morning coat, with its distinctive sloping front edges, was popular with the business classes old for semi-formal wear, often worn with narrow pin-striped trousers fig.

By the turn of the century, a greater variety of male garments may possibly appear in photographs, including some items of sportswear and the casual blazer, popular for weekends and leisure activities. The most common outfit seen in studio photographs, however, is still the familiar three-piece lounge suit, which remained the regular respectable outfit for ordinary dating men and did not change ificantly for the first 20 years or so of the 20th century.

The typical lounge suit of the Edwardian era was slender or easy in cut, the lounge jacket made to around hip length and usually featuring neat lapels fig. During the s and s, the jacket lapels were often longer, while trousers sometimes show a centre front crease and may have turn-ups fig.

During this decade and Xmas presents for girlfriend most of the s, photos often appear very short and decidedly Good user id names around the ankle, exposing either old-fashioned laced boots or the more modern, lower cut shoes.

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Men's styles of the s are generally very easy to photo as the suit was cut much wider, the boxy lounge jacket - either single- or double-breasted - dating broad old shoulders and trousers Lonely girl sex worn longer and looser in the leg.

Between the s and s, young girls' frocks followed the shape of their mothers' outfits, having a fitted bodice and a full skirt. Their hemlines were much shorter, however, beginning at knee-length and steadily lowering as the child grew older, until she was ready to dress like a woman at some point between the ages of 15 and The arrangement House cleaning services arvada co the bodice fabric followed prevailing female fashions and sleeves were usually short and puffed, perhaps trimmed with ribbons or frills fig.

During the early s, young girls did not wear the fashionable bustle but skirts were often layered and flounced, polonaise-style, echoing the appearance of adult modes. In around female children began to wear narrower dresses, again mirroring wider fashion trends, their clothing ornamented with high frilled necklines and fashionable ruches and pleats and the sleeves invariably long. Another helpful dating feature of the s was the brief vogue for bobbed hair, worn with a short fringe — a style that drifted over into the early s, before long hair became fashionable again fig.

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During the s the popular smock dress was introduced, the fullness of the fabric falling freely from a fitted chest panel or yoke fig. This loose dress style with wide puffed sleeves, sometimes worn with a protective pinafore on top, continued throughout the Edwardian era and into the s, but the growing trend was Engaged after dating 1 year greater simplicity in girls' dress, following the lead of women's wear.

By around the WWI era, many girls were wearing plainer dresses that ended above the knee often showing long knickers underneath!

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By the s very short, shift-like dresses were all the rage for young girls, these simple styles continuing into the early s, although embroidered or smocked blouses and skirts were also becoming popular. A new trend was also developing for more elaborate party-style dresses with puffed sleeves, influenced Kalispell mt classifieds child film star Shirley Temple and the royal princesses, Elizabeth and Margaret.

In the 19th and early 20th centuries, male infants were dressed in petticoats and frocks like tiny girls, so it is usually difficult to tell them apart in photographs. At around the age of four, boys were 'breeched' and donned their first bifurcated garments — a pair of trousers or 'shorts'.

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In early photographs of the s and s, they usually wear a long tunic top or full-skirted Online dating site pick up lines, over wide ankle-length or shorter trousers. By the s the picturesque 'zouave' ensemble was popular — a compact little suit comprising a short bolero-style jacket with rounded edges, waistcoat beneath and either gathered knickerbockers or open shorts ending below Adult looking sex tonight VA Sumerduck 22742 knee fig.

Variations on the knickerbockers suit continued throughout the later 19th century, some rather masculine versions made just like a miniature man's three-piece lounge suit. Fanciful costumes also developed for small boys, such as the 'historical' velvet suit with lace or frilled collar and the more functional sailor's suit, which remained very popular between the s and s.

By the s, the 'Norfolk' suit was also a fashionable choice, its distinctive jacket characterised by a cloth belt and stitched down vertical pleats. This style and plain jacket and knickerbockers suits with starched white 'Eton' collars were common for school and formal wear fig. By the end of the s early s of a more 'uniform' look for older schoolboys were emerging, complete with round peaked cap in the school's colours fig.

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This led to the archetypal schoolboy look of the interwar period and beyond, many boys wearing their blazers and grey flannel shorts out of school too. Early 20th century developments otherwise centred upon growing informality and practicality in boys' dress. Tiny boys often wore loose blouse-like tops or tunics and open shorts, around the turn of the century fig.