My mom and I have been digging around in our family’s historical ephemera looking for photos and papers from my great-grandmother’s time as a Red Cross volunteer in WW2 for a project I’m working on in my conservation class. We haven’t had too much luck on that front, but we have found some other really neat family photos from the very late 19th-early 20th century!
We don’t know who these fabulous ladies are, but they are clearly awesome. I’d date this one to about 1900 – the brief period of restraint between the huge sleeves and skirts of the 1890s and the severe S-bend silhouette of the nineteen-aughts.
Girl’s got some fierce hair game going on here! And I love her watch worn on the breast. Giant sleeves put this one solidly in the 1890s.
Back of the 1890s photo.
This is Sylvia Nagel, later Sylvia Singer, my great-grandmother. Her giant hair bow dates this picture to about 1905-1910.