Photo Description

FASHION DATE: Circa mid-late 1890s

HAT DESCRIPTION: The style of these hats is very similar to Elizabethan men's hat. It appears that the hats are made of velvet. The hats are identical and showing a front and side view. There is a wide trim around the hat's brim and crown. Each hat has several ostrich plumes that appear to be slicked except for the ends. The hat is worn tipped to the side. One the side of the head with more hair exposure flowers garnishes the underside of the hat.

COSTUME DESCRIPTION: Each lady is wearing a different dress. The lady to the left is wearing a dress seen in fashion plates in the latter part of the decade. The bodice pointed shoulders and neckline are edged with a jet trim. If you look closely at this lady, notice her spectacles pinned to her bodice. The lady to the right is wearing what looks like a jumper top. It has large buttons down the center front of the bodice. This dress also has a row of ruffles that come from the waist over the shoulders. Both ladies have leg-o-mutton sleeves.

HAIRSTYLE DESCRIPTION: The hairstyles are full and curly. It appears to be pulled towards the back of their heads.

Identification Marks on Photo

Name of Lady: None Provided

Type of Photo: Cabinet Card, Size, 2.5" W X 4" H

Studio: O'Niell (Successor to Funk & Klauer)

Studio Location: 216 N. Center St., Bloomington, Illinois

Date: None Provided

Other information: These two ladies appear to be sisters, possibly twins.

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