Dating old photographs clothing
As girls developed a bustline, skirts and petticoats get longer until they were ankle length or longer.
They had a shawl or notched collar Trousers or pants were cut high on the waist and had button fronts as zippers were not in use at this time.
Hair was always parted down the middle and slicked down on the crown, then pulled to the back and secured with pins into a bun or roll.
Sausage curls and ringlets were popular in the evening, but some women did their hair this way for a photograph.
The first step in dating 19th century photographs is identifying which technology was used to create the picture.
This is straightforward detective work for most images, but very early photographs can be misleading.
This is how men achieved the various wings, swirls and rolls often seen in their hair in images of this period.