What Real People Wore: Volume 19

It has been a very long time since I blogged, let alone blogged this series!  This is meant to show fashion through everyday photographs, to give an idea of how fashion was adapted in a practical way in everyday life.  You can see my prior posts on this here.

These photos come from a rather unusual album.  The photos it contained had no rhyme or reason, and were put in no particular order.  Photos often overlapped one another and newer photos, postcards, or greeting cards were often pasted right on top of one another.  Because they were not chronological and they often portray rural scenes, dating these can be rather difficult.  The dates supplied are guesses, rather than concrete fact.

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According to my husband, these gentlemen are wearing styles typical of the 1920s.  The coats could date earlier, but that this is rural and they are older gentlemen put this around the 1920s.

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These darling little tots are wearing styles from the 1920s.  I love the spots on the image.  Although it may have been a photo error or from the ravages of time, it makes me think of old 1920’s children’s stories with faeries.


This little guy in his overalls most likely dates to the 1920s.

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This trio dates to the late 1910s or early 1920s.  The boy is wearing an early style wide tie, just like those Monsivais & Co is reproducing.  The lady is wearing a late 1910’s to early 1920s style dress with lovely ruffles.  The girl child sports the very popular bob.


The same boy from the photo above with his bicycle.

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This photo is a fascinating look at how older women clung to earlier styles of clothing.  The lady at left is wearing pigeon breasted blouse and wide, fuller skirt typical of fashions prior to the 1910s.  The lady at right is wearing a 1920s style with short hemline, boots, and a very fun wide collar.Untitled-7 Untitled-7b

This pair dates to the late 19-teens.  The asymmetrical fastening of her jacket is quite clever.  My husband dates the gentleman’s hat to 1907-1908, however, the style would continue for longer.Untitled-8 Untitled-8b

I adore this darling photo of early 1900s children playing in the snow!

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These gentlemen are sporting (the man at left has a shotgun over his shoulder), and date from the late 1910’s to early 1920s.

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This is such a fabulous photo of different generations in one photograph.  When looking at a photo like this it’s best to go by the latest fashion that happened, since earlier styles could continue to be worn for years.  Based on this information, with the Dreamstress‘ help, this was dated to the late 19-teens.  You can spot earlier styles that were retained in the wider hats.

Notice the man working at the back, and also the little boy at right with his tie waving in the wind and his hands in the air.Untitled-12

You can just imagine the conversation these three little girls were having with their likely father or relative.  I believe the trio is on a porch swing.  This dates to the 1920s based on the hairstyles.

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And these three children date to the  early 1900s.  The little girl’s big bow was a popular style of the time.

Hope you enjoyed this look at the past through photographs!  If you have an input on when you would date these, based on your research, let us know in the comments.

1 Comment on What Real People Wore: Volume 19

  1. GJ Berg
    February 25, 2017 at 8:13 pm (7 years ago)

    Reminds me of photos from family photo album I’ve been trying to scan. Fortunately most are dated.

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