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Dating photographs from costume

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The photograph shown here is an example of a crowd scene at the turn of the 20th century. It's a wonderful picture and I am showing it here to enable you readers to see how to Dating photographs from costume your own picture. My technique of using the costume as the main point of reference, may help you to date your own picture to within 5 years.

In this example I believe that I have Dating photographs from costume this photograph to within one year. To do this can be something of a tall order, because a photograph such as this might take several days of thinking time. Then after I have mulled over it, several hours of actual close study of the detail. This picture of old Hebburn Dating photographs from costume kindly sent to me by Norman Dunn Dating photographs from costume has a website of old photographs he has been collecting for many years.

All pictures enlarge on this page and this picture is superb when enlarged.

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I've been studying this photograph now for some hours, because it really does interest me in getting the date right. Even at first glance, it is clear that this picture is a superb representation of Edwardian middle class folk, with some working class folk; the key point is that all the people are dressed in the fashions of the day.

The Dating photographs from costume suggests they are either waiting for someone special to Dating photographs from costume, such as the King or Dating photographs from costume, alternatively, that they are awaiting with serious intent for bad news of some Dating Dating photographs from costume from costume, such as a mining or factory disaster.

Dating photographs from costume Dating photographs from costume is that they are awaiting transport to take them on a trip for the day. If the year was slightly later I might think they were seeing men off to war. Another point to be aware of is that at least some of the crowd may old fashioned, and behind the times in their dress. I'd say the photograph was taken in Spring as they all wear coats, but also fashionable Spring-like hats, which could be Easter Bonnets for Mothering Sunday.

When dating a costume picture by dress, I always seek out the most fashionable details, which are generally found on the younger women. Dating photographs from costume details refer not only to the garments themselves, but also the hairstyle, particularly hair partings and whether the hair fringes or sweeps up.

Another source of clues are the hats, examine their width, height and snugness of fit. This photograph has no hairstyles to concentrate on, but it does have wonderful hats by the dozen. The fashion hats are the main clue here, as no heads are visible in the adult women. These hats are wide Dating photographs from costume to Dating photographs from costume circabut could be as early as bearing in mind some of the clothes.

Even with magnification I cannot find one single woman without a hat or head covering. This picture is living proof that the era was still dominated by formality, even the ordinary people obey the rules Dating photographs from costume etiquette as you can see in the photography. That formality was swept away by the Dating photographs from costume World War when rigid rules of dress codes were broken down.

And this point helps us to date a photograph as the early part of the twentieth century. I've circled a copy of the original photograph as the detail is crisper and some circles will be used here to identify certain aspects of costume history details. Several factors amongst the images suggest that we should date the photograph afterup to the later dates of I don't feel this photograph is later thaneven in an unfashionable town.

The boys with bicycles in the left hand side background are wearing Eton style school-uniform jackets, and collars often featured in books circa The puffed heads on garment sleeves are very subdued so that dates the picture later than Other than where specified, I am in all cases referring to female adult fashionable dress.

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I can eliminate as a Dating photographs from costume date as there simply is not enough fullness in the sleeves of any of Dating photographs from costume Dating photographs from costume garments, moreover, the children's dress supports this view.

I believe it is after and the factor that suggests this most is the rounded domes of the hats. You can see what I mean by looking at the many instances of hats, as in circles 6, 8 and Click thumbnail for a full enlargement. These detailed circled sections are beside the explanatory text. Let's look at the picture starting with circle 1. Elements of the coat could suggest it to be circa The sleeves with soft fullness Dating photographs from costume the head and the fitted silhouette suggest late Victorian styling.

But the hat is too big for Dating photographs from costume date. Hats tight and neater, with less width, were dominant in the late s. Reference circle 1 Dating photographs from costume, is probably one of the best sections to use for generally dating the picture.

The picture below for reference 1 enlarges fully. The coat is typically Edwardian, and because a waist is in evidence, I think it is before After that date waistlines were much higher following Directoire styles, and under-the-bust empire lines, but of course when women buy a Dating photographs from costume they even now expect 2 or 3 years wear from it.

In those days they may have hoped for even longer wear. The silhouette back of the coat in circle 9 shown right, is very straight indicating no swing-back sway, which was created by the S-bend style of Reference circle 5 above centre shows a typical tailor made suit circa The necklines and tailoring of refernce circles 1, 3, 4, 6, and 11 could all be as late as Hats in reference circles 2 and 10 Dating photographs Dating photographs from costume costume show veiling which may be mourning veiling or motoring veiling.

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The fashion designer Lucile had designed the original widow hat for an operetta inbut it influenced hat fashions for 3 more years. It was always black and encased in filmy chiffon or organdie and festooned Dating photographs from costume feathers. The children wearing straw hats in circle 13 are wearing early forms of straw cloche hats. They are not as close fitting as the Dating photographs from costume photographs from costume cloches, Dating photographs from costume they show early signs Dating photographs from costume the fashion.

The cloche hat was not confined to the s as is often first thought. It was fashionable from to was one of the most extreme forms of Dating photographs from costume ever, with an appearance that resembled a helmet. Cloches existed in many forms including one with a beret like top. By hats became much smaller, although large wide picture hats were still worn for dressy functions.

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I think that there are too many garments with slightly puffed head sleeves for this to be as late as By all fullness in sleeve heads was well gone. The black hat in circle 14 is probably the most up to date hat in the picture.

Dating photographs from costume are dozens of hats there, but that hat speaks volumes in terms of style and only she wears a hat like that. We will date the Dating photographs from costume by that hat and I think it is The hat she wears is an early form of the toque.

So I will date the picture at I suppose bearing in Dating photographs from costume your comment at Dating photographs from costume time of the war there is not much between andbut there are substantial fashion changes between and that eliminate those dates, now often known as the Titanic era. This picture leans more toward full late Edwardian styling than Titanic era styling.

I'm inserting some of my hat drawing pictures. You can see how the last picture has elements like the black hat in the street scene and how the others have similar features. The lady in the picture wears a hat which is combination of all these I've drawn. It Dating photographs from costume is a wonderful picture of children in dress. However, the problem with the children's clothing is that it was often handed down. In the main it's typical Edwardian era clothing for children.

I think they are very smartly dressed Dating photographs from costume a crowd scene and would really like Dating photographs from costume know more about the picture. He has since told me that Hebburn is about 5 miles from the North Sea, and stands on Dating photographs from Dating photographs from costume south bank of the river Tyne 6 miles from Newcastle Dating photographs from costume Tyne, making the people there 'Geordies'.

The photo was taken in his hometown Dating photographs from costume Hebburn and is on card the same thickness of a Postcard. Norman was told it was possibly an outing on Easter Sunday.

He doesn't know anymore than that even though he has tried hard to find out more information. I did notice that one of the women in the photo centre has a selection of small badges on her coat lapels, typical symbols worn by members of church based organizations such as Dating photographs from costume of Hope Temperance Society, or the Mother's Union sections.

A closer look at the photograph also reveals that standing at the far left hand side is a man ina clerical collar, possibly the Church Minister. Clerical Figure shown right. Sir Humphrey Davey who invented the miners Safety Lamp went to Hebburn in Dating photographs Dating photographs from costume costume with gas from the 'B' pit he tested his lamp. All three pits were closed by the early 's. The Kelly's Commander was Lord Louis Mountbatten and every Armistice day he came Dating photographs from costume Hebburn to take part in Dating photographs from costume march up to the Kelly grave Dating photographs from costume our cemetery.

Lots of Kelly men are buried in a mass grave after it was torpedoed in the North sea. Many Irish and Scottish folk flooded into the town looking for work. Before that there were Tin Miners from Cornwall going there for work. Some Welsh teachers Dating photographs from costume there to work in the Schools, so the Geordies really are a mixture. In the photograph the building on the right with all the windows is still there today. It was called Dating photographs from costume County Hotel' in those days and probably where Mountbatten stayed on his visits.

Just behind it is St Aloysius Church. It and the Priests house in front of it were extended after WW1 so are still there, but looking different. No one can remember the properties to the left with fence leading up to it, but an Aluminium manufacturer had that land then The Bauxite Company. You can visit Norman's site showing hundreds of old photographs of the region and its people here at www.

If anyone reading this knows more about the picture analysed here please write to me or Norman. For those interested in more about Hebburn, Norman has suggested they check out Dating photographs from costume site he uses called www. One thing Dating photographs from costume do know is that as Dating photographs from costume examined this photograph I felt a connection to real people behaving in much the same way we might whilst waiting for an event that happened almost years ago.

I felt I would have liked to have known the lady with the most fashionable black hat. I just know we would have had much to chat about.

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