fashion 1800's

Portrait of a fireman posing with a fire axe by photographer Andries Jager of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, c. 1800′s.

Source: Rijksmuseum.

Woman In Flowered Bonnet- Pre Civil War

1850s,The artist is unknown-

According to Godey’s and Peterson’s magazines, the bonnet was formal headgear and unless you were wearing a dress for a ride in the country or to a watering place you best consider a bonnet.

Fashion Bonnets for outdoor wear had small brims that revealed the face. Earlier bonnets of the decade had lower brims. However, by mid-century Spoon Bonnets, which featured increasingly high brims and more elaborate trimmings, became the vogue. Bonnets were made specifically to accessorize a dress. Other less common variants, such as the Marie Stuart Bonnet, with its heart-shaped brim, and the fanchon bonnet, with its very short brim and back curtain, made appearances in the realm of fashionable headwear.

Bonnets could be made of a variety of materials. Bonnets formed from buckram and wire and covered with fashion fabric were very popular. During the warmer seasons, bonnets made of straw, woven horsehair, or gathered net were also seen. Heavier materials like velvet were favored for winter bonnets, though quilted winter hoods were much more practical and warm

Tintype portrait of two women with their tongues sticking out looking through doughnuts, c. 1800′s.

Source: National Museum of American History.

Comedic tintype portrait of two unidentified men wearing military uniforms and two unidentified men wearing civilian clothing, c. 1800′s.

Source: National Museum of American History.

Hand Colored Lithograph Print From “GODEY’S LADY’S BOOK”. Published In New York Circa 1860

Godey’s Lady’s Book, alternatively known as Godey’s Magazine and Lady’s Book, was a United States women’s magazine that was published in Philadelphia from 1830–1878. It was the most widely circulated magazine in the period before the Civil War.

The magazine was expensive for the time; subscribers paid $3 per year (for comparison, The Saturday Evening Post was only $2 per year).

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Daguerreotype portrait of an unidentified man, c. 1840′s/1850′s.

Source: Library of Congress.

Portrait of ex-slave Nancy Anderson who went by the name of “Old Boss” in Lexington, Kentucky, c. 1800′s.

Source: University of Kentucky.