Figure 1.-- This CDV portrait shows a boy named J. Skioch who looks to be about 5 years old. He wears a sailor-styled dress with a moderate-sized scalloped collar. There are stripes on the "V" collar and cuffs. There appears to be a back flap. Buttons go on the way doen the boddice and pleated skirt. They look ornamental. The outfit looks a little similar to a kilt suit, but we think it was a dress. He wears the dress with long stockings.

J. Skioch (Canada, 1887)

This CDV portrait shows a boy named J. Skioch who looks to be about 5 years old. He wears a sailor-styled dress with a moderate-sized scalloped collar. There are stripes on the "V" collar and cuffs. There appears to be a back flap. Buttons go on the way doen the boddice and pleated skirt. They look ornamental. The buttons within the "V" collar seem to have white thread added. We are not sure about the color of the dress. The outfit looks a little similar to a kilt suit, but we think it was a dress. He wears the dress with dark long stockings. He is pictured with the family hound dog. We suspect they had a good time together. The portrait was taken by J.S. Armstrong Photo in Fergus, Ontario. The portrait was taken June 26, 1887. The CDV mount was burgundy and done like a cabinet card mount. CDVs remained popular in Canada aittle longer than the United States. The back drops has palms, a bit out of place for Canada. A reader points out, "I notice that the boy is wearing knee pants under this dress with decorative buttons. Maybe this was how they transitioned from dresses to knee pants." This was very rare for a dress. We have noticed it with kilt sits and tunics. But the garment looks much more like a dress to us than a tunic.






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