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« on: June 11, 2013, 08:18:53 AM »

I came across this. The picture is said to be ca. 1865.



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« Reply #1 on: June 11, 2013, 09:34:19 AM »

For a joke. As soon as photography became inexpensive enough to goof around with, there were joke photographs being made.

At least, that's how it would have been regarded at the time. As to whether the guy was a closet cross-dresser, who knows? But this wouldn't have been regarded as evidence of that.
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« Reply #2 on: June 11, 2013, 01:07:05 PM »

The more you look at images across the 19th century, you very quickly realize these people are just as goofy and silly as we are.

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« Reply #3 on: June 11, 2013, 02:45:50 PM »


The phrase "lost a bet" came immediately to my mind.

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« Reply #4 on: June 11, 2013, 05:02:36 PM »

It's a bit later, but here is the wedding photo for my great-grandparents. The only photo to document the event, as far as I know. Yes, she is wearing a curtain on her head and carrying a feather duster as bouquet, he has on oversize work gloves and is sitting on a small table.


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« Reply #5 on: June 11, 2013, 05:42:59 PM »

Still looks better in a spoon bonnet than I do.  Undecided
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« Reply #6 on: June 11, 2013, 06:01:44 PM »

LOL, lost a bet was the first thing that came to my mind as well. I do wish they wrote the story on the back of the image.
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« Reply #7 on: June 12, 2013, 06:27:56 AM »

To me, he looks cold to begin with by the way his hands and arms are position.

It also appears that he has a heavier coat on, by the way that the skirt of the coat is trimmed and hangs.

So, this photo could indicate that the weather was so cold that he resorted to wearing something that would cover his ears and such.


As already pointed out, once CDVs began to be produced in larger numbers because of reduced costs, they were inexpensive enough and light enough to be sent in the regular mail.


This photo is definitely telling a story, so I wonder if there was a letter written that went with it.
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« Reply #8 on: June 12, 2013, 11:21:21 AM »

Doesn't he have his hands tucked in a woman's muff? I "read" the picture to be a man with two woman's accessories, bonnet and muff.

For what it's worth, the picture was taken by a French photographer. Not that men's fashions were that different in France.  Wink But I don't know if there was anything different in French culture that might explain it--more emphasis on this kind of bet being lost, more tradition of goofing around in women's bonnets, etc.

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