I got my photo files back!

The hubby’s computer pro friend worked his voodoo magic and got my files off of the dead computer.  Happy days!  I will post the following photos with great gratitude!  The photos are of a dress that the Costume Museum of Canada had on display awhile back.  I hope you think it is lovely too!  It is a day dress from 1898.1898 dress day CMC a

1898 dress day CMC b

I love the black velvet detail on this dress.

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The beading and soutache is amazing!

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It looks machine sewn.1898 dress day CMC e

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Those buttons are so cute!1898 dress day CMC g

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I didn’t have a chance to take photos of it after it was steamed out but it was a sweet little number!

Hope you enjoyed!

Dickens’ day 1

We had a good start to our road trip!

We stopped in a small town for lunch and they had these two little buildings made from glass bottles.

We stopped in a small town for lunch and they had these two little buildings made from glass bottles.

The little church was very pretty.

The little church was very pretty.

I am really pleased with how well my phone takes pictures!

Nice little windows in the church.

Nice little windows in the church.

I guess the people who made this we Bob and Dora.

I guess the people who made this we Bob and Dora.

I don't know if this is a world wide thing but lots of small towns have these random "attractions".

I don’t know if this is a world-wide thing but lots of small towns have these random “attractions”.

We're here!

We’re here!

Now to find places for all our crap so we can walk!

Now to find places for all our crap so we can walk!

Shirley even thought of a Christmas tree!

Shirley even thought of a Christmas tree!

Shirley found the very evil Mr. Scrooge!

Shirley found the very evil Mr. Scrooge!

There was a very cute little parade.  It was so small, they went around the block twice.  I loved it!

There was a very cute little parade. It was so small, they went around the block twice. I loved it!

This is what Shirley and I wore the first night.

This is what Shirley and I wore the first night. Shirley was in an early 1860’s style and mine was early 50’s.

Father Christmas!  We've been good ladies....

Father Christmas! We’ve been good ladies….

Or have we.  Our flasks didn't contain just water!

Or have we. Our flasks didn’t contain just water!

I joke about our booze in our flasks but we really were good girls. Neither of us consumed more than an ounce of Bailey’s or Brandy and we were in our jammies by 9:00.

Me in my Ugly Bag of Tea Gown reading how to be a Victorian.

Me in my Ugly Bag of Tea Gown reading how to be a Victorian.  I highly recommend this book by the way.  It doesn’t seem to have the usual misinformation (aka. crap) that other sources have.

More tomorrow.

 

Its been 2 1/2 years….

2 1/2 years ago, I saw a dress at the costume museum that made my heart stop.  I’ve seen it again and my heart still goes pitter-pat when I see it.  In this case, absence did make  the heart grow fonder.1873 dress CCM g

1873 dress CCM h

1873 dress CCM j

I like the chenille trim.  I could make that.  They sell wool like that now.

I like the chenille trim. I could make that. They sell wool like that now.

Little silk tassels are added to the end.  It would take forever to make but it would be worth it!

Little silk tassels are added to the end. It would take forever to make but it would be worth it!

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1873 dress CCM n

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1883 dress CCM p

1883 dress CCM q

Yup.  I still love it.

Turn the page

We started with the babies.

Front page is of two young girls.

Front page is of two young children.

Then we turn the page in the album and we have….SAM_3242

My initial hope is these are the parents of the two babies.  It is still possible.  If it is, the photos were likely taken prior to the wedding.  You will see why I say this in just a moment.  Let us start with the gentleman.

A sharply dressed fellow who looks to be in his 30’s.  What a mustache!  SAM_3244Once slid out of his sleeve we find his photograph was done in Toronto like the children were.SAM_3246

J Fraser Bryce was at this location 1885-1903.  The card could be dated to the earlier end of this time span because of the color of the card.

“In the mid 1880s dark-colored cards were introduced and used until the early 1890’s. The most popular was a dark maroon and black.” (info found here)

The small plain print was more common in the early 80’s (but not unheard of later) so I’d estimate the card to  be from 1885-1890.  This would be prior to the date I estimated for the children (1891-1900).  If this is the dad, the photo would have been taken prior to their birth.

The next page is the female.SAM_3247If this is the mom, I would guess this would be prior to the wedding on several counts.  The first being, couple or wedding photographs typically have the couple in the same photograph or separately but in the same style to be a complimentary pair.

Being two separate cities made the complimentary pair a bit tricky!SAM_3250

John Ross seems to have worked in Winnipeg from 1882-88.  The lady’s card is dark with the photographer’s stamp in the front.  The main difference is the font is fancier which came into vogue in the 1882-1900.  So again, based on the color of the card and the location of the print, as well as the time the photographer was working, I estimate this card to be from 1885-88.

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This date suits her fabulous bustle fashions to a tee. And this is a very similar time to the man and early enough to be the mother of the children.

Are these the parents of the children?  How did they meet?  What are their names?  Did they live in Toronto, where the man’s and the children’s photograph was taken?  Did they live in Winnipeg where “mom” is from and where I found the album?

From my motherland-Scotland

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Love the pin stripes on the lady to the right.

These two ladies had their photo done in Edinburgh Scotland at the Parisian Photo Co.  I found possible dates for this studio (1887-93) here at this site.

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Nice jewelry on this lady.

The dresses do not appear to have bustles of the late bustle period (1883-89)…

but do have larger sleeves of the Belle Epoche so I think this would be in the 90’s range for this photo.  If this studio lasted until ’93 then this photo is ’90-93.

Takes the gold star

The gold star winner of the last display from the Costume Museum of Canada (in my opinion) was this gold 1880’s dress.1880's dress military gold a

I just loved the military look on the bodice.1880's dress military gold dIt has a wonderful little bustle in the back.1880's dress military gold b

The detailing shows up  in the cuff of the sleeve.1880's dress military gold hThe above photo shows off the dark stripes in the gold.  1880's dress military gold c

Here is a better look at the back of the bodice.1880's dress military gold iBut I’m still lovin’ that trim on the front.1880's dress military gold eA piece of it separated from the bodice.1880's dress military gold fThis allowed me to see the front and the back so I can try to repeat the process.1880's dress military gold g

The bows on the skirt are the only thing I can’t get excited about.  I know it needed something but I’m not sure that was the correct choice.1880's dress military gold j

Beat up but worth it

This cabinet card was not always treated with love.  I don’t know what happened to it.  Did it get stuck in a frame or album?  Who knows.  Luckily, the subject of the photo is intact.SAM_2760 a

The hair is 1880’s and the skirt seems to be natural form so I would place this in the early 1880’s.

I bought this card, in spite of the damage, because I really liked the detail on her bodice.SAM_2760 b

There are pin tucks on the upper sleeve and braiding or soutache on the body and cuffs of it.  Very nice. Well fitted too.

2 Brown 1880’s dresses from the Costume Museum of Canada

1880's dress brown CMC dWhile on display last May.  I liked the trim on this dress.1880's dress brown CMC bI also liked the hidden watch pocket.  I want to put some in my dresses.1880's dress brown CMC c

The dress had nice details at the hem of the skirt.1880's dress brown CMC e

This is the other black dress (you can see the back of the first dress in the background)1880's dress grey CMC a

The tabs were folded gross grain ribbon.1880's dress grey CMC c

Poor thing has some issues under the arm.1880's dress grey CMC bIf you look at the two photos above, you will note that the details on the skirt are asymmetrical.  I struggle with that when I make dresses.  It hurts my modern sensibilities.