Dating photographs hats
But just as you can decipher the dates of Victorian family photos by photo type,women’s clothing styles and hairstyles, you can also do so by using fashion hints found in men’s clothing from the Victorian era. Frock coats were still considered fashionable for daywear, as well. Many type of facial hair: full mustaches, full beards, walrus mustaches that droop down and are oiled. Victorian era fashions drew to a close in the early 1900s to make way for Edwardian era styles.
This article will help you date old family photos and identify ancestors by breaking down men’s Victorian era clothing style characteristics by decade. Men’s clothing of the 1860s featured single-breasted and semi-fitted coats and jackets that fell to the mid-thigh. And even though matching suits were still worn, men’s fashion began to shift toward mismatched separates. As the Victorian era neared its ending during the 1880s, fashionable men preferred lounge suits over more formal suit styles for daywear. Due to the growth in the fashion industry, the ability to mass-produce clothing made it more affordable for any man to be fashionable — not just the elite. Tightly-fitted, short trousers with cuffs and creases on front and back.
Later in the decade, cravats were wider and fabric was held in place by frames. Tight trousers and waistcoats, high upstanding collars with neckties tied around them. During this time, men’s frock coats had wider lapels and waistcoats were adorned with metal buttons and patterns. Collars were then worn down with long, knotted ties during the latter part of the decade.
What to look for: Low, tight-cinched waists, rounded chest and flared frock-coats giving the illusion of an hourglass figure. The sack coat — a loosely fitted jacket — was also introduced.
Anyone who has turned their mind to dating photographs knows that there are all sorts of clues that can help with this.
The secret lies in evolution – that's right, we're talking Darwin, survival of the fittest, alpha male theory. In a single photograph you communicate that you're athletic and part of a social group, two highly desirable traits. Make sure you're the center of attention – you're throwing the ball, catching the ball, or tackling someone to get the ball.: Mary Harrell-Sesniak is a genealogist, author and editor with a strong technology background.In this guest blog post, Mary searches old newspapers and historical books to show how illustrations of fashion trends in hats can help you date an undated family photograph in your collection.This is an important determination, as it can eliminate relatives not from that time period as possible candidates for the people in the photo.In today’s blog article, I’m following up on this topic of how earlier fashion trends found in old newspapers can help you date an old, undated photograph by focusing on hats.