Civil War Era Fashions for Children
It's pretty exciting to own an ancestor photo from long ago. We may know it is a photo of Great-Grandmother Molly, but how can we figure out when it was taken? We have an idea when Molly was born but we can't date the photograph based on her year of birth. Below are some ways to identify approximate dates of antique photos through fashion clues.
Skirt and petticoats for girls were mid-calf and the pantaloon was ankle length. As girls developed a bustline, skirts and petticoats get longer until they were ankle length or longer. Pantaloons get shorter until they were mid-calf for young ladies.
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