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Does anyone with a better sense of historical fashion than I have a guess as to when this photo was taken? (click through twice for the largest size)

Mom has been examining it carefully and notes "bushy moustaches, woman have heels on high shoes but the heels are not tapered, almost all the woman have pin on lockets, most men have regular ties but a few have bow ties, most woman have rolled hair on top of their head, one woman standing up and one guy sitting down have single flowers pinned on (Best man and maid of honor????)"



Edited: It's been identified as the wedding of my great great aunt & uncle in San Francisco in 1912.

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bemused_leftist From: bemused_leftist Date: December 18th, 2010 09:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Any idea of the locale?

The hairstyle looks like Ma Kettle, who lived in the sticks of the US -- vs the rich and city women who had sculptured hair and shoulderpads cf WWII.

Any collarless dresses? Anne Shirley was told they were indecent, or so she wrote in a love letter to Gilbert while they were engaged.
firstfrost From: firstfrost Date: December 18th, 2010 10:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sorry, no, no idea where.
firstfrost From: firstfrost Date: December 18th, 2010 10:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ah, apparently "Maybe Ireland, San Francisco, or Philadelphia" (based on the family album it was in)
jcgbigler From: jcgbigler Date: December 18th, 2010 11:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
The bushy moustaches and women's hairstyles look like some of the people in family photos of mine that date from between 1900 and WWI.
merastra From: merastra Date: December 19th, 2010 04:44 am (UTC) (Link)
The women look a bit like Gibson Girls with the puffed hair, white shirts and long skirts. That would be 1900-1910. The mustaches fit with that too. Not long after the 00's, the waistlines crept up on women for a while (flapper).
bemused_leftist From: bemused_leftist Date: December 19th, 2010 08:20 am (UTC) (Link)
Here are the hairstyles in the high lacy collars.

http://www.fashion-era.com/la_belle_epoque_1890-1914_fashion.htm
kirisutogomen From: kirisutogomen Date: December 19th, 2010 02:17 am (UTC) (Link)
Is there any reason to believe it's a wedding party, or was that just rampant speculation from two flowers?

Judging from the facial expression on the guy on the lower right, it's definitely before Prohibition
bemused_leftist From: bemused_leftist Date: December 19th, 2010 08:56 am (UTC) (Link)
Another approach would be to try to date the photographic technique. This wasn't one of those old photos where people had to keep very still. This was more like a snapshot.

It seems a little unusual to see those old style dresses in a quick photo; maybe it was in a rural area where old styles held on after someone had a more modern camera.

firstfrost From: firstfrost Date: December 19th, 2010 03:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
A cousin of mine has successfully identified the couple in the middle as her grandparents, married in 1912 in San Francisco. Thank you everyone for your sleuthing; this was very much like one of those Sherlock Holmes stories where Holmes has possession of a clue that the reader never gets. :)
kirisutogomen From: kirisutogomen Date: December 19th, 2010 04:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow, only 6 years after the earthquake. No wonder that guy off to the side looks so queasy
astra_nomer From: astra_nomer Date: December 20th, 2010 04:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
That is truly awesome mustache.
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