2867Re: [genphoto] Dating photos
- Nov 30, 2008My experience and from what I have read, one of the best ways to tell the
boys from the girls when they are young and since the boys often had on
"dresses" up to a certain age, is how the hair was parted. Girls nearly exclusively
had their hair parted in the middle and boys nearly exclusively had their
hair parted on the side.
I'd be happy to look at a scan of the photo if you email it to me to try to
give a better idea. You may want to consult a book called "Dressed for the
Photographer" by Joan Severa. You could probably find it in a local library.
In a message dated 11/30/2008 2:32:37 P.M. Pacific Standard Time,
I have just joined the list. I would appreciate help in dating a
photo of 2 little children. It looks like a little girl and a little
boy of about 18 mos. to 2 years of age. One child has a drop waist
dress with a pleated skirt extending between the knees and ankles. The
shoes look like they are the button up type that go just above the
ankle. The other child has a shirt with a sailor collar in a darker
color. The 'skirt' appears to be the type often worn by young boys in
the late 1800's to early 1900's. The shoes have 3 straps: one over the
top of the foot and 2 across the ankle.
This is an outside photo, taken at a home, not in a studio. Since I
only have a copy of the photo, I don't know what the format of the photo
There were twins in the family in the mid 1870's, so perhaps these
clothing styles might be representative of that era?
Thank you for your assistance.
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