Edwardian Casual

Here is a photo that is likely Edwardian.  And as it isn’t mounted and the background is not a studio, I’m wondering if this is not an amateur photographers work.SAM_3066

The woman on the left is in an apron that makes me think she is puttering around the house.  And yet she looks so stylish. She has great Gibson Girl hair and her shirtwaist is perfect! The other woman seems younger to me-perhaps it is the shorter hem line.

In my mind I have created a story.  The older sister has headed off to the big city and has become very stylish while there.  She comes home to visit and while home, she dons her old apron to help her sister around the house.  Dad pulls out his new camera and asks his girls to head outside so he can capture the visit.

Oh, the glare!

My blog is on automatic pilot now as I am currently flying to Mexico.  (Hope the plane isn’t on automatic pilot.)  Any time now I will be squinting into the glare of that long forgotten sky-thing which, if memory serves, is called the sun.  Perhaps you’d care for some glare too.SAM_2523

Ackk! My eyes.  I swear that photograph of a photograph didn’t look that bad on the screen of my camera!  If you put on your sunglasses, you can see a nice BIG family of 4 children, a mom and a dad with a killer ‘stash! My guess is early 1900’s as she has a bit of a Gibson girl hair style but smaller, more fitted sleeves.

Amateur photographer

How about a quick post with a card that seems to have been made by an amateur photographer.SAM_2489I got it  for a steal of a deal because of the stain on the woman to the left but it was worth it because you can still clearly see what they are wearing.  I’d say this is an 1890’s photo…probably later 90’s based on the big sleeves and the hair styles, which seem very Gibson girl to me.  I’m thinking this is an amateur photograph because of the very informal pose of the two women and the house background.  The lady on the left is dressed in her shirtwaist and no hat and the lady on the right has a jacket and hat.  In my imagination, the lady in the shirt is the lady of the house in back.  The lady on the right is a visitor.  In honor of the occasion, the amateur photographer (husband?) has brought out his camera to capture the moment.  Do you think they might be sisters?

Dames Dandies and Dominion Day

Victorian at Heart celebrated Dominion Day (Canada Day) today at Dalnavert Museum.  Here are a few of the photos.  Unfortunately, they were all done with my camera and my camera had a fluffy on something on the lens.  But, you get the idea.

I wore my 1895 Summer Ensemble.


Mr McLeod was there as well.


Shirley wore her new 1895 suit.


The museum didn’t get the crowd it was hoping for but we had a lovely afternoon sitting on a Victorian porch, wearing Victorian clothes and having a relaxing visit.  There was also a horse and carriage ride, just like last year.  More photos pending.


Killer hats!

Today’s cabinet card is two dashing ladies with some sweet huge hats and a dash of fur at the neck.SAM_0242The seated lady has a loose short jacket, a fur stole and some lovely applique on her skirt.  The standing lady also has some fur.  She has a belt with a buckle and it appears she has a bag hanging from the belt.  She has some feathers on her hat and a Gibson Girl hair style underneath that hat.  Her sleeves are a clue that has me thinking this is a 1900-05 photo.  They are a bit fuller at the wrist where the sleeves were massive at the shoulders and fitted at the wrist in the 1890s.

The photographers stamp is a bit difficult to see in a full view of the card.SAM_0243I didn’t any information on him.  That was a dead-end. But, you can see the embossing around the photo and that is indicating the card is older than 1890.  I’d say our strongest clues are the ladies clothing and I would put them at 1900-05.

Victorian at Heart does Christmas

Last weekend, my little club ventured forth for our Christmas outing.  As usual, there were 500 photos taken, some of which you have already seen and some of which I have not yet seen myself.  I want to show you some more of the photos that I do have, but which to chose…which to chose?

We went to the Dalnavert Museum, the home of Sir Hugh John Macdonald, the son of Canada’s first Prime Minister Sir John A Macdonald.

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The reason we chose this location was it was decorated in Victorian Christmas decor and it is my favorite of our house museums! I was wearing my 1895 walking suit and Shirley also wore her 1895 outfit.

This photo was taken in the hall way of the upper floor.

This photo was taken in the hall way of the upper floor.

Shirley dressed up our co-worker in one of her outfits.  (This co-worker needs a stage name.  I will call her Coco Worker.)  Coco was wearing Shirley’s 1885 outfit.  The house was built in 1895 so our story is that Coco is a poor relation who was wearing a hand me down.  In order to make the silhouette of the dress more in style with the 1890s, Coco left off the bustle that originally came with the dress.  This is my favorite photo taken of Coco that day.  She is looking in the mirror of the front vestibule.front door mirror - Copy

We also met up with the MacLeods.  (I need to come up with first names to go with their made up last name.  Let’s see…Christopher and….ummm….Amanda MacLeod…there we go!)  Christopher is lucky.  His usual ensemble fits in just about any Victorian era.  Most of his outfit is actual Victorian pieces, with the jacket belonging to someone of some importance to Winnipeg but for the life of me I can’t remember who.

Chistopher is checking out the grammaphone.

Christopher is checking out the gramophone.

Amanda is looking lovely in purple.  She rented her dress and hat from a place that has an assortment of dresses that are of various ages.

Amanda and I are sitting in the window bench at the top of the main stairs.  The stain glass is lovely!

Amanda and I are sitting in the window bench at the top of the main stairs. The stain glass is lovely!

About half way through our photo shoot hour, I removed my hat and jacket because I was  a) getting hot, b) wanting to look the part of the lady of the house entertaining her guests and c) showing the versatility of this outfit as far as costume flexibility?  And the answer is “a”.

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And for my final serving of Victorian finery, I offer the obligatory stair case photo.

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I’m glad the cameras got put away at this point.  Most of us headed off to a nice little diner/bakery for a lunch that we all managed to not have time for earlier on.  I parked the car and Coco and I began a fairly lengthy walk to the establishment’s front door.  The weather in my burg has been ghastly with freezing rain.  I was not at all cold (please recall that I was striping down layers earlier on in the afternoon) but I was not at all graceful either.  I hit a patch of ice in my heeled boots and began a cartoonish spinning of my feet.  I was struggling desperately to stay on my feet and to protect the hat that I had just spent all morning working on!  I failed on both counts and hit the ground with my hat sailing off.  (I just had this vision in my mind of someone looking out the livingroom window of their Edwardian house and seeing ghostly figures of Victorian woman gliding down the street in the dusky light and suddenly, one of them hits the ground….I wonder what they had to talk about over their supper table that night)  Anyway, humiliation makes you agile and I was up on my feet in an instant and on my way to the diner.  It was a few hours later that I realized that I had twisted my knee and have been hobbling a bit ever since.  Really, it isn’t that bad, the stabbing pain isn’t all day and neither is the nauseating grinding sensation…!  Thank goodness it is not the Victorian era or they’d have to amputate.  Just kidding!  It’s not that bad!  Makes for a good story though!  Have a good Friday folks.  Talk to you tomorrow.

Moving and shaking in the 1890s

I will continue on with my “If I were born a hundred years earlier” theme and look at the years 1894-95.  In my imaginary birthday, I would have  been 29-31 in those years.  I’d possibly be still having children at that age, but in between, if my husband were prominent enough, I’d be going to balls and playing hostess for dinner parties.  My role would be to help move the family up the social ladder for the sake of my husband’s career and my children’s future.

That era would be the big sleeves and the Gibson Girl hair and I’d be still young enough that I’d be able to pull off the fashion without looking silly.  And because it is my fantasy life, I will be rich enough to afford a Worth dress!  And what a dress.

1893-95 ball or evening gown

1893-95 ball or evening gown

You know it is intended for an event like a ball or an evening at the opera because of the short sleeves.1893-95 dress worth red velvet bI like the detail inside the sleeve.  Very pretty.

Just look at that train!

Just look at that train!

The color is pretty smashing too!  I can wear that color.  And if that isn’t enough, we have an economical Worth dress.  It can perform double duty.  With a simple change of the bodice….

...you have a dinner gown.

…you have a dinner gown.

I think it is a dinner gown because it looks a bit formal for a tea or visiting dress but there is a bit more coverage than the ball gown look.  I guess you could wear it to church.  What do you think?  Is it too covered for a dinner dress?1893-95 dress worth red velvet eIt would be warm with all that velvet.  I’d really like to make a reproduction of this dress.  (At $40 a meter, it wont be happening any time soon.)  Wouldn’t it be wonderful in this color for a Christmas event?

I want this so bad!

I want this so bad!

I really love the bustle era with all the draping and bling everywhere but I really think this is the era that makes me feel pretty.   It suits my figure type best.