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This unidentified French woman has such a sweet smile and welcoming face. I cannot help but wonder what kind of person she was and what made her cheerful enough that day to smile for the camera (when doing so was by no means obligatory).

cdv dress photographer: Pesky Ede (1835 - 1910) - c.a. 1860s PESKY Ede was a painter and a photographer

Womens Dresses from 1850's to 1880's. About 1/10 of the photo's from a disc I bought at a Civil War Re-enactment What a nice dress

Later than my novel's period, but interesting for its glimpse of outerwear.

This woman wears her large bonnet bow-tie considerably more effectively than the Civil War widow pinned elsewhere on this board. This photgraph comes from a set by daviladraws, via Flickr, that is full of similarly excellent images; click through to the source for a full look, as there are too many wonderful things to pin them all here.

Dress Date: late 1860s Culture: American Medium: [no medium available] Dimensions: [no dimensions available] Credit Line: Gift of The Misses Faith and Delia Leavens, 1941 Accession Number: C.I.41.58.6a–c

Time Traveling in Costume: Little Girls Civil War Dresses

1860's 2-Piece Tea Gown or Day dress, black & teal border print skirt, 3 flounces; solid black bodice trimmed with braid & teal fringe.

cdv pf young lady by Andrew & Carson, Hillsdale, MI, ca. 1861-1865