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A bit of a dandy

Continuing on in the Liberty Bell album, we have a nice 20th century photograph of a young man. His hair is oiled, his collar is starched, and his tie is tucked into his vest. He also has some sort of pin on his lapel and one in the knot of his tie. With the striped shirt and tie, pins and carefully groomed appearance, he comes across as a bit of a dandy, but in all the good ways.

The photographer was the Fornell Studio in Worcester, MA. The history of the studio is murky, but I did find a reference to a photographer working for the Fornell Studio in 1963! Perhaps it was a family owned business, or the business name was retained after a new owner came on board. The photograph shown above looks to 1910-1925 to me.

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Spectacles and mustache

Getting back to the turn-of-the-century portraits, we have a mustachio’d man in spectacles. He has a high, starched collar with the sharp points, a neat bow tie, vest and coat. His shirt probably had buttons that came out. I have a small silver box that was my grandfather’s in which he could store his shirt buttons on his dresser top.

The photo is similar to many of the other portraits taken in Exeter, NH by Tilton but there is no photographer’s mark evident on this one.

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Cutie patootie!

Cutie patootie!

Jumping into the 20th century, here we have a gorgeous little girl in her finery. The dress looks almost sheer and the ribbons from her bonnet are so large they look a bit like a kimono sleeve. The dress bodice is quite frilled with wide ruffles at the shoulders. Not to be outdone by her clothing, this little miss has bright eyes and an eager expression that makes you want to just scoop her up and kiss her!

The photographer was G. W. (or possibly C. W.) Smith at 26 Gill Street, Exeter, NH.

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Sullen boy

As we continue through the Liberty Bell album it appears the family and/or friends must have been located in the Massachusetts and New Hampshire area. Today we look at a sullen looking boy in skirts, so under the age of 5, and likely under the age of 4. He is probably upset because he is still in skirts! My understanding is that skirts were used on boys until 4 or 5 years of age. Initially they were used to facilitate diaper changes on small boys and toddlers. Later on, a boy’s first short pants were a sign of moving away from babyhood and on to boyhood. It was a big moment for a child.

This as-yet-unbreached boy was photographed some time in the 1890s by A. M. Bean of 295 Essex Street, Lawrence, MA.

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Handsome young man with a tiny bow tie

The entire family must have visited Mr Tilton for their photographs, as here is yet another in the same matting with embossing and decorative flourishes. This fellow has the stereotypical hair parted and oiled flat to his head and a high, starched collar. But his bow tie is so tiny! It almost appears to be a decoration rather than a piece of his clothing. I do not know if this was a particular style, or if he just had a small bow tie.

This makes photo #7 by Tilton. To see all the images by Tilton, click on the category Tilton or the category W. P. Tilton Jr over on the right.

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Puffy Hair & High Neck

I am guessing the style of the high necked blouses was intent on making a woman’s neck look long and graceful. I can’t imagine any other reason for women to bind up or otherwise accentuate their necks. Young women in particular were fond of this style, but older women might not have liked it if they had sagging chins or wrinkles. I imagine it would not be flattering on that type of a neck.

Here’s a puffy haired lady photographed once again by Tilton in Exeter, NH. Note that what looks like a scratch, wrinkle or scar on her face is actually a scratch on the image itself.

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Quite a hat!

Here is another W. P. Tilton photograph from the Liberty Bell album. This hat is certainly quite a creation! The Edwardian hats were designed to counterbalance the rounded bosom and protruding derriere that were popular at the time. A good hat could draw the eye up toward the face of the wearer, while the clothing hinted at the charms hidden beneath. This particular lady is also wearing eyeglasses, a high necked blouse and appears to have a cravat style jabot beneath her bodice. It is a high fashion statement, to say the least! We have several photographs by Tilton of Exeter, NH. To view them all, click on the Tilton category to the right.

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