was this photo taken ca 1875 or ca 1910?

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This photo, in which an elderly woman (let's say 80+ years old) appears in widow's cap was either of a woman who was 80 in 1874 or her daughter-in-law who was 80 in 1909. I lean to one side, a relative to the other. Can anyone pin down which generation this most likely was?

WikiTree profile: Elizabeth Creeth
in Genealogy Help by Monica Kanellis G2G6 Mach 3 (39.0k points)

That's a great photo. Perhaps you might be interested in sharing it under the photos Category here on the G2G
How does one add it to the shared photos? I haven't tried that.

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The clothing styles, for both the man and woman, are not 1910 styles. Definitely closer to 1875 than 1910.
by Jim Parish G2G6 Pilot (176k points)
selected by Susan Laursen

Thanks, Jim. Sometimes it really helps to take a closer look at the photos. I realize now that if that is a widow's cap and the photos were taken as a set, they must be a widow and son, not a woman and her husband. 

The woman I think it was became a widow in 1877 and died in 1883, if that helps.

+1 vote
From the slightly higher waistband, 'mutton ' sleeves and head dress, I would say definitely either late 1850s or early 1860s.
by Lisa Brians G2G Rookie (260 points)
thanks, Lisa, I don't know anything about the fashion changes so this helps a lot.

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