Old Photos

Lovely Old Photograph

Don’t you love this photo? The gentleman with his stiff collar, white tie and shirt, dark suit, standing proudly beside his companion. And she is gorgeous in her white lace dress and white shoes.

Did you know in the early 20th century, mens collars and cuffs were separate from their shirts? Collars and cuffs were highly starched. They were added to the basic shirt with collar studs. Cufflinks kept the shirt cuffs in place. The basic shirt could be easily washed, making the collars and cuffs last longer.

Having zoomed in it is easy to see how thin and lacy her sleeves are! What an outfit for a walk or picnic! This lovely lady wears a ring on her left hand and a broach around her neck. What occasion must have prompted this sitting? To me this is the epitome of clothing of the early 20th century.

6 replies »

  1. Bet it is a wedding portrait. My beloved Grandmother’s wedding dress was very similar. She married in 1910.

  2. Oh, how beautiful! I love the detailed photos and explanation of collars and cuffs…I did not know that. Thank you for sharing the photo and background info.

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