This is a photo I call Lace Collar Gal. This was taken in 1902 by E J Colmark in Kensington, Minnesota. It was the only year he was in business. Do you suppose that this collar was tatted..?? I know nothing of tatting and lace..but perhaps one of my readers does!
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Update November 25, 2010 from Salome: the collar is definetly not tatted, tatting lace has a complete differend structure than this collar. Although the Photo is not very detailed i'm sure, that this is a gipure lace. With more details it would be possible to tell if it is a crochet work (irish gipure) or the "original" kind of gipure wich is a bobbin lace.