I simply love this photo! It is a great example of 1880’s style – probably mid 80’s. The tight curls at the forehead are definitely from this time period – they used a hot curling iron, much as we do today. The pleated skirt also indicates the mid 1880’s.
This is quite a beautiful dress – I love all the buttons. The lace collar and cuffs are very ornate with flowers and leaves, and give a feminine touch to the outfit. Her jewelry lets everyone know she is a well-to-do woman.
This photograph was taken by W. A. Hopkins in Darlington, Wisconsin.