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The elaborate outfits worn by these two little sisters are typical of the styles of the 1860s. Bell-shaped crinolines were worn at a shorter length by girls and reveal lace-up boots with patent leather toecaps. Their hair is parted in the middle and the straw bonnet matches the monochrome theme of their summer clothes. 

Thankfully someone had the foresight to date the image which was taken in 1862 by the studio of F.H. Mares, whose work I have previously featured on this blog. The studio was located on Grafton Street near to the business of Mademoiselle de Groots. According to The Irish Times of Wednesday 22nd October 1862, her warehouse at number 45 sold the following items which she had recently obtained in Paris: “corsets et ceintures; lingerie, crinolines, zouaves, etc.”

The Zouave jacket is a coloured and sometimes braided garment based on the uniform of an infantry regiment of the French Army. The were very popular during this period as illustrated by fashion plates from Godey’s Magazine.

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Just a quick Easter post. I always find it hard to date children’s clothes but my guess is that this lavish outfit originates from somewhere between 1890 and 1910. The photograph was sent to an Irish emigrant in Philadelphia along with several postcard views of Clonmel, County Tipperary. The photographer was English-born, Albert Joseph Webster, and I can confirm that his studio was in business between 1901 and 1911. I wonder did Bridie ever get to meet her sister Mary’s child? There are no surnames given within the correspondence, however, one of the postcards mentions that a J. Landy is emigrating to Philadelphia and will call on Bridie. 


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