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CDV by Lytle of Baton Rouge, LA. Here are sleeves similar to the ones I saw on the extant early 1850s dress at the LA State Museum, but more complex pleating. Late 1850s, I'd say. This image helps to contextualize the style of the dress I saw and link it more to Louisiana.
FOLKS were sold some "BILL OF GOODS" - and they have loved it ever since! DONT JUST PIN! THINK, READ & LEARN!! …3 SLAVES??? Well, this was largely work of orphanages in the South seeking money from RICH WHITE DONORS in the North in the 1860s. Agencies used alot of mixed-breed Children in posters, and it seem to have worked quite well. Click image to see more of the great PR job!
Three generations of a Louisiana family; Grandmother can only speak Creole French; mother speaks French and English; boy only speaks English. Photo was taken in 1910.