Monday, September 5, 2011

Photo Number 646

This is a Cabinet Card from the antique shop in Detroit Lakes Minnesota.

Sisters in dresses DL Antiques

Gilbert E. Flaten of Fargo ND was the photographer.  His brother Ole was a photographer over in Moorhead Minnesota, they worked together in 1884.  Then Gilbert opened his own studio in Fargo in the late 1880’s until 1893 when he sold his studio. He died in 1896.

I will date this photo 1893.  I was impressed with these dresses, they are very much the same style just a different color. The women look like they could be sisters. 

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9 comments:

  1. Ouch. I bet they are cinched into those dresses. I'm glad I'm living now instead of then.

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  2. I agree with Maybelline - give me a loose t-shirt and jeans any day!

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  3. They look like sisters to me too - the pose almost shouts "Twins!"

    The fake wall and column are icky. :)

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  4. Simple, elegant, modest...I would say, it's worth the discomfort. Anyway, they were having a picture taken.

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  5. I htink they had the same hair sylist too. There is no room to breathe is there? I'm so glad that's not the fashion now.

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  6. I had a set of paperdolls as a child with a whole serious of dresses that looked almost identical to the fashion these two are sporting. And I dearly wanted it to be the fashion of my age....

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  7. Thinking of these two cinched in I have to say the one on the left looks a little short of oxygen. Any minute now she's going down.

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  8. I would imagine they either used the same seamstress or followed the same fashion plate when making their dresses. As for the corsetry, it was not as uncomfortable as most people think. The corset wasn't usually tight-laced, and was comparable to wearing a regular brassier today. Corsets were custom made to the woman and then through wearing it, only she would be able to wear that garment because it fitted to her body. In the 1890s the style trended toward the "pigeon breast" look which looks uncomfortable but really wasn't. Having worn these fashions myself I can promise you they were made to be comfortable. Just not what we picture today as being comfortable. :-)

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  9. Yes, "whowerethey" is so right. The fashions of the 1800s were not as uncomfortable as they might seem -- except in hot weather! I often wish I had lived back then when most women looked like real ladies, not as they do now like bumpy men in jeans and with light-socket hair.

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