Photo Description

FASHION DATE: Circa 1888-1890

HAT DESCRIPTION: Wide brimmed hat with ostrich plumes garnishing the top.

COSTUME DESCRIPTION: A winter coat hinting towards the end of the bustle period judging from the backside of the coat. The coat has large buttons that give a hint of being double breasted. The buttons, from left to right, are joined by heavy cords for closure. The sleeves are cuffed appearing to be three to four inches deep. This lady is wearing leather gloves and a purse.

HAIRSTYLE DESCRIPTION: The lady's hairstyle suggests late 1880s to early 1890s fashion. Her hair is pulled upwards on her head with two pin-curls accenting her brow. Her hair is not slicked down to her scalp. Slick hairstyles were common practice in the mid-1880s.

Identification Marks on Photo

Name of Lady: None provided

Type of Photo: Cabinet Card, Size, 4" W X 6" H

Studio: Swisher and Watkins, Academy of Music

Studio Location: Williamsport, PA, USA

Date: None

Other information: None


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