Who Were They?

Lost and forgotten photos from the past


This CdV is of an attractive couple posed in such a way that we see 3/4 of each of their faces. The dress leads me to believe this is from the 1870s. It reminds me very much of the early Natural Form era. There is no bustle to be seen, no flounces behind her, yet plenty of pleated trim and lacy cuffs. The skirt is relatively straight and the bodice appears to dip below the waist, which was on trend with the Natural Form look – to elongate the body.

The photographer was Hotchkiss in Kankakee, IL. I thought I had another Hotchkiss photo posted but apparently I don’t. I’ve decided to handle the photographer category a little differently. Since I was developing a very long list of names with only one image attributed to them I felt it was taking away from the layout of the site. So, in future I will only post a photographer name if I have two or more images by that person. As always, the search bar at the top of the page can be used to search for names, places, pretty much anything on the site so if you don’t see a photographer name on the right hand side bar, do a quick search and that will tell you once and for all if that person is represented here.

2 thoughts on “1870s Couple

  1. The one button buttoned is from the 1860’s then again in the late 1870’s to the early 1880’s. So your date is right on..1877 to 1882 was Natural Form..:)


  2. Carl Maes says:

    This may be part of Sherman or Dashiell families. I have other “Wright & Hotchkiss with names inscribed that of same vintage. I will compare your photo to ones I have.


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