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Determining an approximate date may help you to know whether the woman in the photo is your grandmother or your great-grandmother. Fashion, especially women’s fashion, was very distinctive in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

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Mens’ style can be a bit trickier than women’s fashion to date as trends developed more slowly. These ushers at a wedding c.1898-1900, look suave in their silk top hats, morning coats, formal white ties and high starched shirt collars, typical of the 1890s. Note the turned-down starched shirt collars and boater. Waistcoats were no longer considered obligatory and even ties were discarded for leisure wear. Try before you buy and see free extracts of Inside History.

Here, dress historian Jayne Shrimpton shares her fashion tips to help you identify your mystery men, from the 1860s to the 1940s. Dress became exceedingly slender during the 1880s and 1890s, giving rise to the fashionable ‘masher.’ The crowns of bowler hats rose from the mid-1880s onwards.

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