Several problems exist in daing old photographs: Old styles may be worn: Styles and the fashionable tastes of mothers vary widely and there simply is no way of telling with absolute certainty if a specific style was worn when it was fashionable.It probably was, but there are also images when this was not the case.This fashion, however, was little seen after World War I.Mothers continue outfitting younger boys in dresses in the 1900s.I'd be very interested in your reaction to my thoughts and any additional thoughts that you can suggest.The authors would be very interested in any suggestions for time-line indicators to help date old imags.Identifying countries becomes especially difficult after World War II (1939-45) and especially in the late 20th century as European boys adopted a kinf of pan-European fashion.
Presumably the artist picked up on a style being worn by boys at the time.
One problem associated with dating old photographs to assess clothing trends is to identify the child's gender.
This problem continued in the 1900s as mothers continued addressing small boys in dresses, but it was less common and declined considerably in the 1910s.
It declined substanyially in popularity during the 1910s and was little seen after World War I.
Mrs Benett's book Little Lord Fauntleroy was published in 1885.
Furniture is one of several items in old photographs that can help date them. We also see whicker furniture in the 1910s, but it is often natural whicjker, not the ones painted white.