Turn the page: Fabulous 60’s Part one

The next page in my carte de visite book is two women who appear to be dressed in 1860’s styles.


The first woman is dressed in a skirt with matching bodice.



I wish I could see the detail on the upper sleeve more clearly.  It’s a design feature I would copy if I could.


Chas Hall is the photographer and after a quick Google search I found he was on Market St. from 1863-1881.  (Scroll down to the 7th row, middle picture)


Can’t get off the couch

I did plan on getting into my sewing room and whipping up the over sleeve on my next dress project but couldn’t get my butt off the couch.  I’m not sick…just lazy.  But I did work on the dress.

I want to use Dorset buttons on the dress and I have 12 that I made a year or two ago.  Unfortunately I have 12 and need 16.  I was unable to find more of the same sized rings so I had to buy 16 more of a slightly larger size.   This weekend I started making new buttons. (3 done)


Definitely bigger than I want but usable.

I also bought the cording I will need to go with it.  So some progress was had.


Turn the page: holey jewels Granny Part 2


Last post addressed the “holey” part of my title.  This part addresses the jewels on Granny part.


Okay, there are no jewels.  But she sure is blingy with her broach, earrings and all the beading on her dress!


I’m glad I pulled her out of the book because the frame was hiding the wonderful detail on the cuff of her sleeve.  Is it a lace or embroidery?  Fabulous!

The card stock itself has a embossed stamp on the bottom.  There is a large photographers stamp on the back.  There is extensive information on the photographer, Warner Gothard here. He started work at this studio in 1893. (Based on the sleeves, I think the 90’s is when this photograph was taken.


The handwriting is cool.  I wish it was a bit clearer.  The clearest bit says our grand dame was 78 years old at the time of this photograph.  I can’t make out the rest.  I think this is possibly her name.  If anyone else is good at reading bad handwriting I welcome your input!

Turn the page: holey jewels Granny! Part 1

Time for the next page in the carte de visit book I now own.


On the right side we have a sharp dressed Granny and we will focus more on her next time.  On the left is a young woman and child.  It looks like it caught fire or … I don’t know what!  May be a baby was carved out of the photo and put in a locket?

What do you think?


She is holding something in her hand but I can’t make it out.  From what is left of the photo, it appears she is wearing a 60’s style dress.  I think the child is a girl and I think they are both rather pretty.

Here is the photo out of the album.


And here is the back.


It is the same photographer as previous pages. Here, here, and here.  And I think there is a family resemblance.

2 dollars!

I went thrifting this weekend and finally found a pair of leather gloves that fit my big hands. They need to be stretched out a bit so at some point I need to soak them and wear them till they dry. The best part is they were only $2! Yeah me! They will look so good with my costumes!

Turn the page: next edition

The next pair of photos in the carte de visit album I bought a few weeks ago feature a fellow on one side and two ladies on the other.


The gentleman is rocking a “hipster” look!

This photograph was taken in Wilmington Delaware by a photographer known to have been working in the 1860’s.  The square corners on the card suggest this date is possible.

The ladies and their dresses are, of course, more interesting.


Just look at the hair style of the lady to the right!


The dating of the card is a bit of a mystery.  The sleeves on the dresses say 60’s to me.  But where are the hoops in their skirts?


Same photographer as these photos.  A family? And is the same girl as an earlier post?


What do you think?