1890s Friends’ Portrait

By Jennie Chancey

I love to find pictures of friends posing together. This is one of my favorites. What an artistic shot, with the ivy in the background and the young ladies’ profiles! Written on the back of the picture is “Misses Swartz and Grugan.” No date, but I’d place this in the late 1890s or very early 1900s, since their sleeves still have that leg o’mutton shape to them. Note the beautiful eyelet petticoat ruffle peeking out from under the skirt on the right. This is a large image, so be patient for it to load when you click on the thumbnail. You can really see the details of the outfits.

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