"What Are You Looking At?"
Carte De Vista photograph from the late 1800's
Sometimes you come across antique photos that make it hard to tell the gender of the subject. This photo is one of them. But there are several clues to help sex an unlabeled photo.
During the 1800s boys typically wore dresses until 5 or so. I am sure in the younger years potty training was a big part of it. It is harder to sex a photo of an infant because both boys and girls usually wore elaborate christening gowns. And they have very little hair:)
The clues in this photo that identify a male gender are many. The fact that his hair, although elaborately curled, is parted on the side is a telltale sign. Girl's hair of this era was almost (almost) always parted in the middle. The knickers under the dress are straight with no lace or frills (not always the case). The boots and wide leather belt are typical for a male gender. Also the bold and big plaid cloth of his clothing was popular for boys during this time. Sometimes it's very hard to determine a gender, but the hair rule is almost (almost) always correct.
Here are other Free Image Tuesday images of boys in dresses!! They are yours to use in your art:)
These are two digital collages I created with my personal images. I am creating a tutorial to show you how:) Love, Jamie