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Sweet baby in a bonnet

Today we have a sweet little baby in a bonnet. While we retrospectively think these bonnets are cute and were for show, they served a very practical purpose of keeping the baby’s head warm. Even today, there are caps, knitted beanies and all sorts of cute adornments for an infant’s head. The infant mortality rate even in the early 20th century when this photo was made was still quite high, and the belief that cold weather could make a person sick was still fairly common. It makes perfect sense to turn the utility & safety of a baby bonnet into a wearable piece of art with fine stitching, tiny ribbon bows and various other vintage sewing techniques. Family heirlooms survive to reveal the care and expert needlework that went into making these fine garments.

Baby was photographed by Tilton of Exeter, NH. To see all the family’s photographs by Tilton, click on the category Tilton or W. P. Tilton Jr.


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Natty stripes and bow tie

I have previously described some of the fellows in the Liberty Bell album as dandy and fashionable, but this dude, well he takes the cake! Just look at the striped suit and vest and bow tie, with a lapel pin and the high collar, the carefully parted and waved hair……it’s just too much! He must have felt dressed to the nines, snazzy, spiffy even! The photo made by Tilton is a post 1900 image. To see more photos by Tilton, click on the category Tilton or W. P. Tilton Jr, to the right.

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Bushy Eyebrows in Exeter

Sorry it has been a bit since I last gave you a photo. My family moved house and that is an undertaking in itself! We are finally getting settled and I’ll be back to posting more frequently.

Today’s photo taken by Tilton in Exeter, NH shows us a somber looking young man with busy eyebrows and fashionably curled bangs. His three-piece suit is accented by the starched white collar and bow tie so popular around the turn of the century. Notice that his bow tie seems to have some sort of chain across it in a V shape. I’m not certain what that is, but perhaps it is a type of tie ornamentation that has simply faded from style.

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Pretty bow

Here we have a solemn looking young woman with a pretty bow and a frilly blouse. Her features are the classic Edwardian look: soft hair style, soft round face, straight nose, not-too-wide mouth, strong chin. She has a nice curve to her neck which we can see due to her blouse being a bit low necked. I believe this may be a wedding portrait or other special occasion.

She was photographed by Tilton in Exeter, NH. To see all the images by Tilton, click on the category Tilton or W. P. Tilton Jr.

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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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