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Lost and forgotten photos from the past

I suspect this might be another transition dress – a dress from the 1860s that has been remade to suit the changing skirt styles of the 1870s. The volumes of fabric used on 1860s and earlier skirts made these prime candidates for remaking as skirt fashions changed. There was plenty of extra fabric to work …

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This photo shows what some call an “transition era” dress. It has the dropped shoulder seams of the 1860s, but the apron and drape of the 1870s. It’s an excellent example of the transition away from the cage (hoop skirt) and toward the bustle. The photo mount has rounded corners, putting it in the 1870s, …

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I owed you a photo because I missed Monday somehow. Too many things going on, perhaps? :-) This image is identified as Jacob Black. I particularly like the penmanship – we just don’t see beautiful handwriting all that much anymore. My child at age 13 cannot write her entire name in cursive although she wants …

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