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Discussion in 'Ephemera and Photographs' started by J Dagger, May 14, 2024.

  1. J Dagger

    J Dagger Well-Known Member

    Wondering what this gals dress might tell us about her? I found it contrasted with the way most women are dressed in this periods (likely 1850s/1860s) photos. At least the ones I’ve seen. It looked unique to me and made me curious to know more. 0BF7CCAC-377C-4B8F-8D97-D7D1214C863E.jpeg
  2. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    unusual...... looking ethnic with the collar cuffs and armbands.. even a bit tribal !!!:happy:
  3. J Dagger

    J Dagger Well-Known Member

    Yes thats what I thought and why I asked. It was in an auction lot about to end. I was going to bid but forgot and someone else got it. Oh well. I’m still interested to know though.
  4. Debora

    Debora Well-Known Member

    Pretty typical of the 1860s. The severe hairdo with middle part. The pagoda sleeve. The crossed-arm pose. The full skirt. The dress' ornamentation is certainly OTT though. Calico print with plaid trim which was very popular in the mid-Victorian period. She looks extremely proud of it -- must have been expensive -- despite the fact that it's too wide for the purpose it's been put to. (See how poorly it sits around the neck and sleeves.)

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  5. 2manybooks

    2manybooks Well-Known Member

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  6. bluumz

    bluumz Quite Busy

    How interesting, thanks for that, I'd not heard of it!
  7. Debora

    Debora Well-Known Member

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  8. bosko69

    bosko69 Well-Known Member

    I can't say why-but I got kind of a Metis vibe off the photo.Poss bone structure-who knows.Very striking young lady though.
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  9. evelyb30

    evelyb30 Well-Known Member

    I was thinking something like that too. Fun to see "what people looked like" back when.
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  10. Figtree3

    Figtree3 What would you do if you weren't afraid?

    Interesting discussion about her clothing. Thanks for posting this, @J Dagger . Don't know how they referred to it in the auction, but it's probably an ambrotype, although possibly a tintype. The ones with a light background from that period seem to mostly be ambrotypes, though.
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  11. J Dagger

    J Dagger Well-Known Member

    The seller wasn’t quite sure what they were talking about. I too believe it’s ambrotype though. Glad I wasn’t the only one to benefit!
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  12. bosko69

    bosko69 Well-Known Member

    It's queer how little folks actually study their items.I can't imagine not spending 5 or 10 minutes checking values...'Ah,a set of vice grips for a fiver-beats the Home depot price !'
    New stuffs fun to get cheap too.My lass found a huge new serrated bread knife for $6-$200 online,leaves more purse for the oldies.
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