I took a short vacation, but I’m back to share more great photos with you! Today I have a soft faced woman from Germany. She is unidentified, unfortunately. Her clothing looks 1890s to me based on the sleeves, neckline and what you can just see of a cross-gathered bodice front. There does not appear to be a front opening, and the back opening shirtwaist became more popular in the 1890s. There is some unfortunate damage to the image right on her face, but you can still see she was a kind faced person.
The photographer was Max Taggesell in Dresden, Germany. Note that along side his address, he listed his telephone number. While the telephone was presented at the World’s Fair in 1878, it didn’t catch on in Germany until the early 1880s and really took off by the 1890s. You can visit the Siemen’s site for a brief history (mostly 20th century) if you are so inclined.