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From: Pat Asher <>
Subject: Re: [APG] Photograph help
Date: Fri, 23 May 2008 09:56:25 -0400
At 10:35 AM 5/22/2008, Joel wrote:
>I'm trying to date and identify a photograph and wondered if someone
>knowledgeable on the subject could give me some advice. I am a
>member of the photoid group at yahoo and have posted it there, are
>there other on-line groups (mailing lists, forums, etc.) regarding
>dating old photos? This one dates from about 1890 (I think). I'm
>especially interested in determining the ages of the children.
>The photo is at http://www.rafert.org/Behnken/mystery%20Behnkens.jpg .
I would date it just a tad earlier (perhaps 1880/85), depending on
where it was taken.
The puffed sleeve caps with the tight lower sleeve on the women were
precursors of the exaggerated leg 'o mutton sleeves which became
popular in the 1890's. Also, the collar scarves on the 2 youngest
girls were typical of mid-western to western dress ca. 1885.
The man's suit and waistcoat is typical for 1775/80, but we don't
know how long he had it <g>
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