Style Changes Seen In Genealogy Photos

I enjoy finding and comparing photos of my ancestral families.  Not only do their facial characteristics help me associate with them more closely, but the style of their clothing and hair provides a small insight into their lives when the photo was taken.

Great grandaunt Esther Ann Ashton Powell left a very good photo for her descendants and family.  Her smile or lack thereof is typical of the day but look at her best dress and of the center part in her hair.

Her hair style would be adopted by young men within a few years after this photo was taken, but was popular with the ladies in her neighborhood at the time of the photo.

The solid color neck high dress with a fancy broach is common among the ‘best dress’ style of the day.  Great grandaunt Esther lived in Utah, but the style evidenced in photos of other family members across the U.S. during the same period of time.

The long necklace style seems to have a built in repeat style cycle.  My mother had one in the 1920’s.  My wife even has one that she added to her collection of necklaces sometime along the way. 

I wonder what our styles will look like to our descendants?  I already laugh at the comments of our grandchildren but have my own thoughts about the styles they sometimes wear.  From time to time, they discover the ‘treasures’ hanging in the closets of spare bedrooms and exclaim, “Grandpa / grandma – Where did you get all these cool clothes?”  The response is that we’ve lived long enough for old to become new and in style.

Ladies, how long will it be before you pine after a solid color dress with a high neck?  It will happen again for the ‘current’ generation.  There isn’t much that is new in fashion.

Esther died in Lehi, Utah on 10 Nov 1945 at the age of 89 after a long and very productive life.

Copyright (c) Lee Drew 2011-11-22 12:14:00
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