Lacy jabot

I’m down to my last carte de visite in my collection so looks like I will have to buy more.  I sacrifice greatly for my 10 readers.  (Tongue in cheek-you know the hoarder in me just wants more-more! I tell you-more!)

The last one is of a couple.  Perhaps a wedding photograph?  That jabot is a beauty isn’t it!IMG_20161211_182655275

To get a date for this carte, I will say the hair style is earlier than 1880’s.  The dress looks to be Natural Form, which is 1877-82.  The very thick boarder on the card stock itself was a common feature of cartes between 1877-80.  So best guess is it is a late 1870’s carte.


A quick Google search revealed that the photographers business was taken over by a nephew in 1890 but I wasn’t able to get any firm dates about when he was in business in Bucyrus Ohio.

Hope you enjoyed!

Lots going on here!

I’m sharing one of my carte de visites today.  It is of a woman standing in an ornate studio backdrop.


Just look at that dress!  Ruching everywhere!  I can’t say I like the sleeves but the skirt is amazing! She has a very heavy chain with a pendant at her throat.  There are chains behind her left arm that would be for a watch.  She also has some sort of bracelet on her right wrist and possibly on the left as well.  The high lace collar is amazing!  This lady is very well off, I think.  The hair style is very 1880’s but I can do better with the date…


If the information I found on the internet about the Fletcher Brothers in Birmingham is correct, this card was created between 1880 and 1883.  Prior to 1880, the studio occupied 148 Wheeler Street.  At some point between 1880 and 1883 the studio acquired 146 as well…they expanded.  In 1884 the street was renumbered and the address was 212-214 Wheeler.  So assuming they were not using up years worth of cards with the old address printed on them, this photograph was printed on or near the dates that the studio address was 146 and 148 Wheeler…1880-1883.

Two toned 1880’s dress

I’m enjoying an 1880’s carte de visite I acquired some time ago.  The lady in the couple is wearing a two toned dress and I’m trying to decide if she managed to pull it off.  I’ve always liked dresses with mixed fabrics but I think it is hard to do it harmoniously.


I like the bodice but I’m not so sure about the skirt.  I wonder what it looked like in color.

CDV: Granny with glasses

For your viewing pleasure, I give you a CDV of an older woman from New Hampshire.  img_20161211_182417741

Her hairstyle is 1850’s but I suspect that this is a style she wore in her younger years and not a reflection of the date of the carte.

The skirt on her dress seems wide not slim.  I suspect hoops not a bustle but she is sitting so it is hard to be sure.  The sleeves are quite roomy and she has a false yoke on her bodice.  If I were to date the photo based on the dress I would go with late 1860’s.

Based on the card itself I’d say it is late 1860’s.  Baring natural wear and tear, the corners are still quite square, which was the fashion until the 70’s.

Don’t I wish!

I’ve been having car drama…dealing with the insurance company…. You know how they are.  Quick to take your money at renewal time but their fist closes tight when it is time to cash in on the “service” they claim to provide.  Rightfully so if the claimant was loaded to the gills and speeding but mean when the claimant is the victim.  So I get high blood pressure and I cry in their office.  Damn.  Would that I could sail into their office looking like this lady!img_20161211_182245003

She  looks like she doesn’t take crap from anyone.  I’m willing to bet she’d have the insurance adjuster crying. She reminds me of the dowager Countess played by Maggie Smith in Downton Abbey.

I have her in my collection.  I’m drifting away from head shots because they don’t give me much information about dresses and how they were worn but she came in a grouping and I’m rather pleased to have her.  I’d put this around the mid to late 1890’s.  She is covered in jewelry and jet beads so she obviously has money.  Love the little curls on her forehead.

Mrs Victoria Woodhull

I have a small carte de viste that was sold as a collectable originally.  People not only bought and gave away carte de visites of themselves but they bought ones of famous people.  There was often an advertisement on the back.  img_20161211_182217717

I have one of Mrs. Victoria Woodhull who was a suffragette and the first woman to run for president. img_20161211_182154973

Originally, I had no idea who she was so I Googled her.  The first hit was the full name Victoria Woodhull.  Which led to a description of her life as well as a picture that “could be her”.  I Google search images and got this page with this photo.51mg8c658xl-_sx331_bo1204203200_It is the same photograph.  I haven’t read the speeches to I don’t know if she was or was not a eugenist.  I wouldn’t be shocked though.  Nellie McClung is a well know suffragette in Manitoba but she only wanted white, upper class protestant women to have the vote. The rest were not capable of understanding politics according to Nellie’s thinking.  After getting over the shock of learning that, I wouldn’t be surprised by a eugenist being in the mix of suffragettes.

Yes! Filler!

Joy! I discovered a stack of carte de visite and cabinet cards that I have yet to post here.  Whew, material for my blog!

I don’t know about other bloggers but I need “filler” material.  This is a costuming making and wearing blog and when I’m not making or wearing, I need filler.  My volunteer work with the Costume Museum frequently provided excellent material, but that has been put on hold as my new job schedule doesn’t work with the volunteering schedule.

So without further ado…let me fill you up.img_20161211_182245003

This is a cabinet card of an older woman who is obviously well off!  She has plenty of jewelry and a finely beaded and lace filled bodice.  I like her hair style and if ever I get bangs again, I will copy this style when in 1890’s costume.  There is no photographer name on the back of the card but there is 1895 stamped on the back.