Family photographs and dating and fashion
The book provides convincing evidence that our ancestors were at least as fashion conscious as we are today and that those fashions changed just as frequently.The volume also includes an introduction by Andrew J.There may also have been a time lag of a few years between new fashions first being worn in urban areas and their adoption in remoter country districts.Ideally we should consider all these criteria when considering the clothing of family members as seen in old photographs.Many young adults followed fashion closely, while the more mature might wear a modest, toned-down version of the most extreme styles and the elderly generally dressed much more conservatively than the youth of their day.
Everyone wished to create a good impression in the treasured photographs that would later be shown to family and friends and might be displayed in an album, or hung on the wall.
Welcome to the fifth in our series of blogs about how to understand and interpret your old family photos.
In this series, Jayne Shrimpton, internationally recognised dress historian, portrait specialist, photo detective and regular contributor to Family Tree, Your Family History and Family History Monthly magazines, dates and analyses different types of photographs and helps you to add context to your old family pictures.
For dating purposes, however, we can broadly assume that (unless they are wearing an occupational uniform or other specialised forms of dress) their ' Sunday best' garments largely followed, to a recognisable extent, the prevailing style of the era.
Photographs were ultimately designed to show off good taste and a pleasing appearance.