Figure 1.--Here we have a portrait of the two Lindsley children sent as a Christmas card. On the back it reads "Merry Xmas Dec 25, 1910, Nettie Estella Lindsley 19 yrs, Hewitt Gerald Lindsley 5 yrs". We at first thought this was Hewitt and his mother, but apparently he was photographed with his older sister. It was a studio cabinet card portrait, but in the early 20th century style which often did not name the studio. Hewwitt who is 5 years old wears a Russian blouse tunic suit. Unfortunately we do not know the color. It was a light color, perhaps a light blue or a yellow. Tunic suits were very popular garments for younger boys. Both pre-school boys like Hewitt as well as younger primary school boys wore them.

Lindsley Children (United States, 1910)

Here we have a portrait of the two Lindsley children sent as a Christmas card. On the back it reads "Merry Xmas Dec 25, 1910, Nettie Estella Lindsley 19 yrs, Hewitt Gerald Lindsley 5 yrs". We at first thought this was Hewitt and his mother, but apparently he was photographed with his older sister. The pse suggests that they were very close. We know nothing about the family, but their outfits to us suggest a prosperous middle-class family. It was a studio cabinet card portrait, but the mountis the early 20th century style which often did not name the studio. This is unfortunate because without the city we will probably never be able to lean more about them. Nettie has an elaborate bee-hive typoe hairdo and wears a long, heavily embroidered dress. Hewwitt who is 5 years old wears a Russian blouse tunic suit. It probably had matching bloomer knickers. You can just barely make tem out under the hem of the tunic. Unfortunately we do not know the color. It was a light color, perhaps a light blue or a yellow. Tunic suits were very popular garments for younger boys. Both pre-school boys like Hewitt as well as younger primary school boys wore them. And notice the substantial shift from the elaborate outfits many boys wore in the late-19th and very early 20th century.







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