A quick post after a long Easter weekend with a headache. (Insert grumpy face here). I got a couple of new carte de vistite and today I’ll show you a sweet little Granny. She is so cute I just want to grab a pot a tea and have a jolly old visit with her!
She looks like she’s be 4 feet tall and kind to boot. Her dress is interesting. There appears to be a bustle. There are some beads at the bottom of the bodice and cuff of the sleeve. And that hat! It is loaded with ribbons and lace. Across the front of the dress there is a fold and the bodice seems a bit too big. I like to imagine that this is a best dress that stayed safe in the cedar chest until special events call for it to be brought out. Perhaps she has lost a pound or two in the mean time.
According to this site, the photographer was working in 1892. Bustles were a feature of the 70’s and 80’s, 10-20 years earlier than this known date. It would not be unheard of for a woman to have a best dress for 10 or more years if she were not a woman of means. This would be even more likely the case if she were an older woman like our Granny here. She would feel more comfortable in the styles of the past and not in what the younger girls were wearing.