Monday, January 28th, 2013 02:41 pm (UTC)
The millinery shop was closed by 1875, when my great great grandmother had remarried and moved to Russellville, Pope Co., AR. By 1890, grandma was 52, and a widow.

That's why I used 1875 as my outside date.

I think you are calling a puffy sleeve - which was in vogue in the late 1860s and early 1870s, a "leg of mutton sleeve." A leg of mutton sleeve was generally gathered at the elbow and tight from there on down to the wrist, as in this photo of dress patterns from the 1890s below.

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Also, that flat hat worn by the woman I believe to by my grandmother was in vogue in the 1870s. Women tended to wear their hats more straight atop their heads or even pitched forward on the forehead.

By the 1890s, the crowns of women's hats had gotten much higher, and the Gibson Girls were emulated by many women, with their cloche style hats.

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