These days if you’re on social media it can’t have escaped your notice that a lot of photographs look the same, head and shoulders shot taken from the same angle, people wearing the same style of clothes with similar hairstyles. These are called selfies.
Back in the early 1900s there was also a certain unique style, and I have found a couple of examples of this. Looking through some family history magazines I found these photographs that almost perfectly match photographs I have of two of my grand-aunts (my paternal grandmother’s sisters).
This style of portrait was popular around 1914-17. Typically a plain tailored skirt was worn with a blouse. Collars became an important feature.
This style of photograph was popular around 1904 – 1909. The date is based on hairstyle and flounced elbow length sleeves. Rose’s photo is dated 1913, so perhaps the design of sleeve had changed slightly and become slimmer fitting. Another similarity is the outdoor pose featuring a chair! The earlier pose choice is to stand alongside the chair, the later pose is a seated one.