Mrs. Joseph Curtis 1862
This is one of my favourite CDVs (Cartes de Visite). It's #4 in the Fobes Civil War Album on Lost Faces. Her beautiful dress has full Pagoda sleeves drop from her shoulder. Added to that a ruffled undersleeve and gives the illusion of a tiny waist which was every woman's dream during the Civil War fashion period. The extreme fullness of her skirt also adds to the illusion of a very tiny waist.
Her hair is typical of this time period - parted in the middle, pulled over her ears and ending in a roll at the nape of her neck.
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