Aunt Lydia?

I have a carte de viste from the 1860’s judging by the clothes.  Written in pencil over the photographers name is “Possibly Aunt Lydia ???”  Who ever this is, her photo was taken by J B Hopkins in Lock Haven, PA

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We will never know who Lydia really is but we can still appreciate her sense of style.  What a great cape she has there!  And a cute little hat!  There is a pocket watch at her waist.  Her sleeves look to be trimmed in velvet.  And there are miles of little ruffles around her hem.  I wonder what color that dress was?  Was the cape an exact match?

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2 thoughts on “Aunt Lydia?

  1. Denice says:

    This is my first visit to your website/blog. I have always been fascinated with the history of fashion and the differences the eras bring-Victorian is my all-time favorite! I mostly wanted to comment on this cabinet card as you mentioned it having been taken in Lock Haven, PA which is from where myself and my family hale from! Small world, indeed!

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