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Fashion Date:Circa 1874-1876

Costume Description: These two photos have been so much fun when researched with enlargements and a magnifying glass. These have to be two sisters. There are just enough differences in their personal features to not make them the same person. But it was tricky... they are wearing the same hairstyles, type of jewelry, neck bows, and pie crust (ruffled lace) collars. The collars are very typical of this period. They must have had one of those mothers's who liked to dress her daughters alike. The girls appear to have two years difference in age. They are probably 9 and 11 y.o. OR 8 and 10 y.o.

Hairstyle Description: Their hairstyles include the front being pulled up to the crown and secured with a bow. This is seen in the sister to the right's photo. The back of the hair is allowed to flow naturally. Both sisters appear to have some natural curl to their hair. This is seen more on the sister to the left ... at her hairline at her temple. Their hair length is probably to the bottom of their shoulder blades. When hair has been braided and then released, the length shrinks up. Judging from the distance between each wave on the hair that is pulled forward... their mother could braid really tight.

Identification Marks on Photo

Name of Sitter: None provided

Type of Photo: CDV, Size of image, 2.5" W X 4" H

Studio: Gutekunst

Studio Location: 712 Arch St. Philadelphia, PA, USA

Date: None provided

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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