United States Boys' Clothes: Ohio Family (1850s)


Figure 1.-- Here we have a wonderful half-plate Daguerreotype of a Cinncinati, Ohio family. The portrait was taken at the Faris studio. The portrait is undated, but was probably taken in the 1850s. This is a charming family portrait showing a very tender relationship within the family.

Here we have a wonderful half-plate Daguerreotype of a Cinncinati, Ohio family. The portrait was taken at the Faris studio. The portrait is undated, but the fact that it is a Daguerreotype and based on the clothing and hair style, it is most likely a pre-Civil War portrait. Thus the 1850s is a good approximation. This is a charming family portrait showing a very tender relationship within the family. Some portraits are taken with family members not touching each other. Here despite the fact that the family members had to be very still for the portrait, it does not have the stiff feeling of many old portraits. It also provides a wonderful look of period hair styles and clothing. We can't say much about the father's hair, but note the sideburns and the beard. Mom and the girls have center parts. The curls have braids and curls. The boy has longish hair, but it is not curled. The children all seem primly dressed. We have no idea wht the colors may have been, The curls have different dresses, a bit more utilarian than mom's wide sleeves. The boy wears a suit jacket. Note tht his jacket does not have lapels and he wears a collarless shirt. I would guess mom made the children's clothes.







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Created: 10:15 PM 8/31/2005
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