Thursday, May 26, 2011
Photograph, ca. 1880
This elegant lady - clearly dressed in velvet - had her picture taken by an anonymous photographer at the East Kent Photographic Company in Canterbury (England). The narrow lines of her costume are typical of the late 1870s and early 1880s, as is the train she is holding up. The hat she is wearing, however, was fashionable in the early 1880s, which would put this picture in the latter decade.
Another reason for tentatively dating this photograph to 1880 is the number "221180" written on the back, which could quite possible represent the date it was taken!