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Fashion Date: 1910-1914

Hat Description: Pinning the hat brim was a trick often used to change the look of a hat. Existing hats of this period are often found with several thread marks suggesting different configurations during the life of the hat. Left Lady: Wide brimmed hat with a contracting band of trim on the edges. It is accented with large ostrich plumes. Right Lady: Extra wide brimmed hat of velvet. One side of the brim is pinned to the crown giving a musketeer style.

Costume Description:

Left Lady: She is wearing a two-piece walking suit that has a knife pleated trim at the lapels and cuffs. Her high collared silk blouse highlights an oval brooch. Her accessories include a clutch purse and dark kid gloves.

Man: He is wearing a long evening coat and possibly a tuxedo or dress suit. This costume seems to be the most period correct of the three people.

Right Lady: This lady is wearing a coat very similar in style of today's ladies suit jackets. The lapels on this coat are very low which makes me wonder if it is a man's coat. This lady has a choker style necklace with a large pendant.

Hairstyle Description: It is difficult to describe the ladies hairstyles because of the size of the hats. The man's hair seems a little long for this period but it is oiled down.

Identification Marks on Photo

Name of Sitters: None provided

Type of Photo: Photo postcard, Size of image, 3.5" W X 5.5" H

Studio: None provided

Studio Location: None provided

Date: None provided

Other information: I do have my suspicions about if this photograph was really taken during this period. I tend to think the photo was taken at a party or this may be a theatre group. The man is not wearing gloves, where the ladies are. The man is not wearing dress shoes but boots, although the rest of his costume is formal attire. The ladies' jackets do not look correct. The left-side lady's coat opening and lapels appear to be too low. The more I look at this photo, the more the right-side lady's coat looks like a double-breasted man's coat. I wonder if these people were just playing dress up.


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