Dating photographs hats
Fashion is one of the best ways to help identify someone when looking at historical photographs, but have you ever felt lost when trying to date an image of a male ancestor? These friends wear three-piece lounge suits typical of the early 1900s, a key detail the small-medium jacket lapels. By the 1940s many men wore a sports jacket and wide flannel trousers. Inside History is a bi-monthly magazine for people passionate about Australian and New Zealand genealogy, history and heritage.Mens’ style can be a bit trickier than women’s fashion to date as trends developed more slowly. These ushers at a wedding c.1898-1900, look suave in their silk top hats, morning coats, formal white ties and high starched shirt collars, typical of the 1890s. Note the turned-down starched shirt collars and boater. Waistcoats were no longer considered obligatory and even ties were discarded for leisure wear. Winter 2016 (Issue 35) is out now and can be purchased through our online shop or from our stockists.
So many of my favorite memories in life seem to take place around the table, especially when surrounded by people I love.These are two examples of hats as potential aids to dating photos that are otherwise unmarked.The woman in the top image wears a hat that dates this image to c.1905, while the flapper-style hat worn by the woman below it dates this image to c.1925-1930.The frock coat seen here was favoured for formal wear, the bow tie one of several 1860s styles. Call 02 8227 6486 with any queries or to order over the phone. Inside History is also available in digital versions on the i Pad app store and on the Zinio store for Android and Windows devices like your personal computer or laptop.Try before you buy and download a complete and FREE copy of our Issue 8: Jan-Feb 2012 edition.If that’s not possible because mom was abducted by space aliens years ago and dad’s out bowling then you can always come up with a date range by looking at the style of cars or dress or hairdos or hats that are in your photographs.
Maybe that senior citizen down at the hair salon can be of help if you don’t have a sense of historic styles, and of course there is always the Internet.
Here, dress historian Jayne Shrimpton shares her fashion tips to help you identify your mystery men, from the 1860s to the 1940s. Dress became exceedingly slender during the 1880s and 1890s, giving rise to the fashionable ‘masher.’ The crowns of bowler hats rose from the mid-1880s onwards. Click here to search the Australian newsagents stocking us in your state or territory.
Full-length photographs offer a complete view of men’s fashions. This working-class man wears the three-piece lounge or business suit that became popular during the 1870s, his watch chain suspended across the waistcoat front. Alternatively, you can purchase the digital edition of the issue on i Pad or Zinio.
Also notice that there is no chicken wing sauce on any of these irreplaceable artifacts (see Blog #3). This is another example of why it is recommended that original boxes and envelopes be kept, as they often offer a wealth of information.
Not only did my maternal grandparents write the subject (images of their home at 2211 Grandin Road / Xmas / snow in the yard / the sitting room) and the date (1963) on this box of slides, they also wrote “2211 Grandin” on one of the slides (the Grandin Road house was in Cincinnati, Ohio).
Fortunately, my paternal grandfather was not only a prolific amateur snapshot photographer he was also a stickler for organization, at least when it came to his snapshots.