Photo Description

FASHION DATE: Circa 1890s

HAT DESCRIPTION: The hat has a medium width brim suggesting the latter part of the 1890s. Several feathers adorn the crown of the hat. The ostrich feathers are attached on the backside and fall forward.

COSTUME DESCRIPTION: This two piece suit is very typical of what is called walking costumes. The fitted bodice is enhanced with six buttons and wide lapels. The two top buttons are unbuttoned. The fitted sleeves and narrow skirt, hint that this suit may be from the earlier part of the decade. On the other hand, her hairstyle sways toward a later date. Sometimes when dating a photograph you need to look at the total costume to approximate a date. This suit may have been the ladies favorite outfit from days past. So we need to look at the other parts of the costume to see if something is dated later. In this case, the hat and hairstyle seem to date later.

HAIRSTYLE DESCRIPTION: Her hairstyle is pulled towards the top of her head. The style is full and poofy in the front and sides. This is a style of the late 1890s.

Identification Marks on Photo

Name of Lady: None Provided

Type of Photo: Cabinet Card, Size of image, 9.5" W X 7.5" H

Studio: Lander or Landes

Studio Location: Roanoke, Virginia

Date: None Provided

Other information: This lady was lifted from a group portrait. The photograph was taken with seven boys around her. The boys appear to be between 6 to 18 years old. The two youngest boys are dressed in sailor suits. The older boys are in suits. It appears that this is a family portrait because all the boys have similar facial features.


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