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1890’s Photography

I have five photographs to share with you today – all are from the 1890’s – from the early years to the end of the decade when leg ‘o mutton sleeves took almost as much material as a skirt!

Sisters?  Mother/daughter?  Matching hats and similar outfits look like a summer’s outing.  The older girl wears gloves, and the younger holds a fan.  Sleeves have just a hint of puffiness at the shoulder.

A trio of sisters?  They do favor, especially in their cheekbone structure.  The two on the ends seem to wear matching dresses.  Hard to see in this photo, but it looks like the sleeves are a bit bigger than the first photo.

I love this mother and son photo.  Look at her tiny waist!  Ah, the sleeves have a bit of extra material, but not the extreme at the end of the decade.

Such a great photo – look at those women’s hats!  And the men’s!  Now we are talking leg ‘o mutton sleeves!  Look at the huge puff on the upper arm.

Another woman and child.  The dress of the little one is amazing!  This sweet mother keeps her arm around her baby to protect him/her from falling.  Her blouse is beautiful.

Nothing like old photos to give us an idea of fashions of long ago.

Three Photos By John M. Webb

I share with you today three photographs taken by John M. Webb in Columbiana, Ohio.  John was born in 1850 in Ohio, and at the age of 41 married Dora Ink.  The couple had three children, two who lived to adulthood, Gladys and Lemuel.

This family photograph was taken in the mid 1880’s, due to the style of the woman’s dress – and the black background on the card.  Sweet little children.

How lovely!  The dress is made from a beautiful material – possibly satin?  This photo was taken in 1890 due to the color of the card, and the gold filigree line just under the photograph.

The back of the card, which sports a full imprint and design with the photographers name, is also indicative of 1890.  The other two photos have no imprint or design on back.

This photo can be dated to the early 1890’s.  The woman’s sleeves are just starting to have the puffy effect that at the end of the decade would transform into the huge leg o’ mutton sleeves.  Also, embossing around the edge of the card points us to this date.

1900-1906 Family Photograph

I love this family photograph.  First, there are ten family members included – father, mother and children?  Or are there husbands/wives included?  The mother wears the large leg ‘o mutton sleeves of the late 1890’s.  Most of the younger women are more fashionable dressed, in the white lacy blouses and skirts of the early years of the 20th century.  The gentlemen wear a variety of ties and collars.

This truly looks as if this photograph was taken in their home.  The wallpaper is of the time period, and very bright.  There are real curtains at the window, and a piano to the left.  Two large photos hang on the wall – a woman and a man.  Perhaps parents or grandparents of this family?  Notice the feathered fan attached to one of the photos.

I’m not sure about the frame on the right side – with a dove at top it could be a death memorial, although there is something that looks like an anchor in the center – could it be a war memorial?

This is a large photograph, 8 x 6 inches, mounted on a grey cardboard backing that adds an additional two inches on each side.  It is warped and has water damage.  I could just make out the photographer’s name, embossed on bottom right.  This wonderful photo was taken by James Ezra Crill who had a studio in North Manchester, Indiana, Wabash County, from 1900 through 1906.  His studio was located on West Main Street.  I believe he and his family moved from the area in 1906.

Lovely Lady In 1890’s Dress

Isn’t this a lovely young woman – with almost a smile on her face!  What drew me to purchase this photo was the dress – definitely an 1890’s style, but I also like the small pattern in the material – in addition to the ruffles and lace.  You can also see she wears a small comb in her hair.  The extremely high collar is consistent with the 1890’s, as well as the thick gatherings in the bodice.  The small puff sleeve at the shoulders, with fitted sleeves down to the wrist, and an extra ruffle at top, date this to the early 1890’s, before the huge leg-o-mutton sleeves of the later years of the decade.

This photo was taken by Lochman Photography at 707 Hamilton Street, Allentown, Pennsylvania.  With a little research I found a Benjamin Lochman in an 1861 city directory, a photographer, at 9 W. Hamilton.  By 1880 he was located at 707 Hamilton.  Benjamin was born in 1825 and died in 1912.  His wife was Catherine, and children, Eugene, William Jerome and Ellen.

Sweet Family Photo From Crookston Minnesota

minI simply love this family photo!  Mom and dad and the wee one in between.  The lad wears the Little Lord Fauntleroy outfit of the time period.  You can see a hint of the large, leg ‘o mutton sleeves, on the woman’s dress.  And notice the wide tie the father is wearing.

This in itself would be a lovely image to share with you – but I have more!  There are names and other information on the back!

min-2At the very top you can read the last name Taylor.  Grand Dada and Grandmama is written, then crossed out.  The photo was taken January 14th, 1894, in Crookston, Minnesota, by Chafin Photography.  Archie is 2 years old, 6 months and 20 days.  Minnie is 23 years old, 10 months and 21 days.  Jim is 30 years, 3 months and 9 days.  It is exciting to have so much information written on the photo!

taylor-1900With just a short search I found the family in the 1900 census in Spokane, Washington.

James Taylor is listed as 36, born September of 1863, and he and his wife have been married 10 years.  He was born in Canada, his father in Canada and his mother in Ireland.  He immigrated to the United States in 1870 at the age of six.  James is a carriage painter.

Christiana, his wife, (probably known by Minnie) is 30, born in March of 1870, has born and has one child living.  She was born in Minnesota, but her parents were born in Norway.  This would give an explanation of the Grand Dada and Grandmama written on the photo – not your usual grandpa and grandma – it sounds a bit more old-worldish.

Their son, James A., is 9, born in May of 1891.

Even though this is a different locale from when the picture was taken in 1894, it is very possible that the family moved from Minnesota to Washington.

min-3This is the registration card for James Archie Taylor for World War I.  He is still living in Spokane.  His birthdate is May 25, 1891; a natural born citizen from Minneapolis, Minnesota.  He is a labor foreman with the Hillyard Company.  He has a wife, Hazel, and daughter to take care of.  His description is stout, with blue eyes and light colored hair.

min-4This is Archie’s World War II registration card.  He is now living in Montana, and car foreman is his occupation.

And thus we can make a little more of this photo than just picture from older days.  We should all write such information on the back of our photos – that is the ones printed out!  I suppose since we live in such a digital world most of our photos are stored on our computers or Ipads or phones.  Perhaps they could be saved with more information!

Diamond-Shaped 1890’s Photo

scan235-1This is a photo of a lovely woman sporting her late 1890’s look – you can see just a wisp of those large leg ‘o mutton sleeves of the time period.  She has a bodice inset that corresponds nicely with the solid material of the rest of her dress.  The dark underpart of the ruffle also gives a nice touch to the outfit.

Even without the gigantic sleeves we could date this photo to the late 1890’s due to its unusual shape, and more so the saw-toothed edges and textured card surface.

Unfortunately no name of either subject or photographer.

Late 1890’s Dance Photo

Scan_Pic1723 1I have a lovely photo to share with you!  This elegant couple looks ready for a dance or ball.  The woman’s white dress is beautifully embellished in many ways.  Those huge, late 1890’s, leg-o-mutton sleeves are swirled to make quite a statement!  She is ready for a whirl around the dance floor, feathered fan in hand, to cool after a thrilling waltz or two-step!  She and her handsome gent wear matching rose corsages.

Photo taken by Armstrong in Rockford, Illinois.