April 2009 archive

Early 1870s Dublin CDV

By Jennie Chancey


Here is a lovely Irish lady, photographed in Dublin. Her gown shows the trend toward the bustle that began to appear in the late 1860s.This was probably taken in the early 1870s–note the elaborate trimming of the dress and her “high” hairstyle. You can also see that the skirt is still fairly wide rather than […]

Early 1870s CDV

By Jennie Chancey


This is a late 1860s/early 1870s gown. Note the longer skirt back and the bodice trimming with its squared yoke. The lady’s hairstyle is very interesting–showing how women were moving away from the low, flat styles of the Civil War and into hairstyles that piled everything on top.

Unusual Gown CDV

By Jennie Chancey


What a dress! This is definitely attention-getting. I’d place this around the end of the 1860s or early 1870s, since the lady’s hairstyle is up on top of her head with cascading curls and because the trim on this gown is more typical of that time period. The dress must be a walking outfit, since […]

Garibaldi Blouse CDV

By Jennie Chancey


This lady is wearing a striking outfit of the mid-to-late 1860s. The Garibaldi blouse with its full sleeves is covered by a “waist,” a corset-like vest that emphasizes the wearer’s waistline. The skirt features ruffled flounces. I think the full sleeves are flattering and feminine and just wish the photo hadn’t been overexposed, so we […]

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