I have three photos to share with you today. All are carte-de-visite, size 2.5 x 4 inches. And they are from the Civil War era – 1860-1865.
This first photo is a good example of the oversized clothing men wore at this time. The sleeves of the jacket are huge! The lapels, wide. A very thin tie, tied in a simple bow was the norm for this time period. As you can tell the photo is in bad shape. But you can still see what a handsome gentleman he was.
This gentleman’s tie is the same as the first. Even the pants were oversized in this era. Only the top button on the vest is fastened – same as in the first photo. Don’t you love his curly hair!
Our third photo is full-length. You can see how the length of the coat comes to the the knees. This gentleman’s vest matches his pants and is fully buttoned. Again that curly hair! He wears a pinky ring on his left hand.
All three photos are good examples of how your ancestors might have dressed during the 1860’s.
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