Friday, April 16, 2010

Photo Number 165

Two sisters?  Perhaps.  They appear to be wearing two or three piece outfits cut from the same pattern.  I will just assume that women especially in rural Minnesota either sewed themselves or went to a dressmaker. I am sure in bigger cities you could buy ready made clothing.

This photographer I P Wood was in Delano, Minnesota from 1894 to 1895.  There was no record of him being in Rockford.  He obviously was there at some point in time.  I shared a copy of this photo with the Minnesota Historical Society because they have a directory of Minnesota photographers, they can now include Rockford as another location for this photographer. I consult their site on a regular basis to help me date photographs.

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  1. Oh my, I love this picture! You are probably right about sewing their own dresses from the same pattern. The only thing I find slightly different is that Girl #1 on the left has 16 buttons showing below her jabot and Girl #2 has 16 buttons showing in total. Considering the closeness of the buttons on Girl #1, her dress could be using a hook & eye closure with decorative buttons. Also very interesting on Girl #2 is that her pin at her throat looks like a little sword pierced through the fabric from left to right. Girl #2 has velvet sleeves and a velvet collar of some sort, good for cooler climes. Her skirt, although she is seated, has some interesting draping which suggests a fuller skirt in the back, where Girl #1 has the typical Belle Epoch A line skirt. Thank you for the return to the 19th century, for now I can say something other than "great photo!" :-)

  2. I was just going to say, I can't imagine how long it would take to put all those buttons on the dress front and how long it would take to get dressed. I went to Osceola today and dug something up. I will ship tomorrow if life goes my way.


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