Antique Finds: Photos and a Fashion Plate

A few days ago I was itching to get out of the house. The weather was gorgeous and I had a serious case of cabin fever, so I decided to check out an antique mall I’d heard about in a town close by. Just as I approached the front door a woman came from inside the mall and locked the door. They were closing early in order to attend their son’s baseball game. Bah! So I ended up wandering into the Brocante shop next door and spent an hour wandering around and pawing through things.

I found some great photographs. This one interested me because of the way she’s wearing her watch – suspended in loops from what looks like a bar pin at her neck. (More on this photo later.)

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This one had to come home with me – such a great portrait of the two couples. Love those hats!

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I bought this one because the hem on the woman’s sleeves is so long it covers her knuckles, much like in Regency fashions, and I’d not seen anything like it before.

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And this one is such a great photo I couldn’t say no. It’s dated 1912 on the back, but the style looks more like 1915-ish to me. Doesn’t matter – the 2-piece dress and big ruffle-y hat are marvelous. I love she’s wearing gloves. Too bad the feet are too blurry to really see the shoes (boots?).

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I also discovered a Miroir des Modes fashion plate from the 1850’s in a very old frame. The glass needs a good cleaning, but the print isn’t foxed or otherwise damaged. The colors are still bright, I liked the dresses and the price was incredibly low. So it went in the bag with the photos.

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Not bad for a little jaunt to get out of the house, huh?

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7 thoughts on “Antique Finds: Photos and a Fashion Plate

  1. Good haul! I told there were some great places there!
    I love the hats on the family group photo. And I agree on the 1915 date of the other.
    Val

  2. I love old photos, you got some really good ones there 🙂 Collecting them can be a bit addictive though! They don’t take up much room of course, until you find an actual old album you just have to have… and then another one etc…

  3. Wow, I have never thought to get old photos of long ago to see the fashions. This could really be a great way to collect eras and fashion and make a scrapbook. Thanks for sharing!

    • My pleasure! I find I learn more from photographs than I do from fashion plates: fashion plates show an idealized view of the latest “thing” while photos show what people really wore.

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