Dating 19th century photographs hats
In this interview, “Vintage Hats & Bonnets” author Sue Langley discusses hats from the Victorian era to the age of the flappers and beyond.Langley describes the differences between cloches, Gainsboroughs, bonnets, and boaters.1920s-1930s Farmers: Image courtesy of the University of Vermont Landscape Change Program and the Peterson Estate Collection 1920s-1930s Farmers: Image courtesy of the University of Vermont Landscape Change Program and the Peterson Estate Collections During the 1940s, the soft cap is still worn quite frequently, in addition to more modern wide-brimmed hats (worn by the man in the image directly below).The farming attire appears to become more casual, with jeans and short-sleeve shirt.Numerous types of photographs appeared and then went out of favor throughout th 1800s.So, the first step in narrowing the possible date for your old photograph is to be able to identify 19th century photographs to determine what type you have.
Once I went to an auction in a little suburb near Syracuse and saw two beautiful Civil War-era hats. But the most popular material might have been straw, particularly very fine leghorn straw for bonnets.
People took this as a sign that the country was supposed to heal and get back together. Of course, I picked that up in a big way as an adult.
I haunted garage sales, flea markets, and auctions.
She also delves into her collection of fashion plates, photos, and other hat-related ephemera.
The second edition of Langley’s book, published by Collector Books in 2009, is available from Amazon.