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1860's photo of a young boy and girl, probably brother and sister, holding hands

- the girl is wearing a short jacket over a blouse or possibly a dress with a dark skirt and pale bodice, skirt appears to be folded cartridge pleats. She is holding a flat cap, pillbox shape? Don't see many 3 piece outfits for girls this age/time period.

1860's little girl. The "grow pleats" you see in her skirt are commonplace. Not only decorative, but practical, as when the child grows taller, the dress can be altered by removing the stitches in a pleat, thus giving more height for a growing child - or for a younger, taller sister or cousin.

1860's little girl. The "grow pleats" you see in her skirt are commonplace. Not only decorative, but practical, as when the child grows taller, the dress can be altered by removing the stitches in a pleat, thus giving more height for a growing child - or for a younger, taller sister or cousin.

Little girl with shoulder bow and waist sash. This is about as elaborate as mourning got for little girls, although the ribbons in this case may not be black but any number of other colors (other than shades of blue which appear very light in this era of photography.)

Little girl with shoulder bows and waist sash. Probably a white gown, with black bows and sash to indicate mourning. [Source: ART OF MOURNING.

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