Clothing Clues in Photos of Male Ancestors

By Allison Dolan

Women’s fashion changes seem dramatic when compared to the subtle differences in men’s clothing over time. That’s one of the challenges when assigning a date to a man’s portrait.

In this article, Maureen A. Taylor points out costume clues to look for in photographs of your male ancestors.

Solve your family photo mysteries with these books by Maureen A. Taylor:

  • Preserving Your Family Photographs
  • Fashionable Folks: Hairstyles 1840-1900
  • Finding the Civil War in Your Family Album