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Fashion Date:Circa 1898-1899

Hairstyle Description:

GIRL 1: Her hair is parted down the center front. Each frontal side is pulled toward the crown and secured separately into two small ponytails. Next the two ponytails are tied together with one ribbon bow near the crown. Her hair is straight and fine in nature. The lower free flowing hair has waves suggesting previous braiding.

HINT: I have created this hairstyle several times on my daughter in several varations. I call it the Juliet Cap. I sometimes braid the frontal sections and make a third braid on the crown. Then join the three braids together into one. It is a very nice style for holidays and special occasions. If the style is used for a wedding, slide baby breadth into the braids.
GIRL 2: Her hairstyle is identical to her sister's except with ringlets. Her two ponytails are garnished with small ribbon bows. Her ponytails are not joined in the back. She has nice long ringlets. Her hair is probably waist length.

Costume Description: Their full sleeves and contrasting shaped "overcollar" really dress up a fairly simple frock.

GIRL 1: She has a dark colored dress contrasted with black velvet and braid on collar

GIRL 2: She is wearing a plaid dress - both dresses are made full in bodice and sleeves.

Identification Marks on Photo

Name of Sitter: Older girl: Elizabeth Dietsch, Younger girl: Adelaide Dietsch

Type of Photo: Cabinet Card, Size of image, 5" W X 7.25" H

Studio: Estes

Studio Location: St. Joseph, MO, USA

Date: 1898-1899 (date provided by grand-daughter)

Other information: None provided

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Disclaimer:The photos located on this website, "A Brush with History: Vintage Hairstyles," are property of The Costume Gallery collection. They may not be reproduced in any manner without written permission from Penny E. Ladnier, owner of The Costume Gallery. The circa dates given for the photos are an educated guess, from analyzing the fashions worn in the photo. When an actual date is provided on the photo, that date will be included in the identification marks section. The location stated by the studio may be a clue as to where this photo was taken. Please take it as a clue. Many photographers traveled to locations and took photographs… meaning that the photo may not have been taken in the same city or town as the address of the studio.

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