The card may have rounded corners - (mid to late 1870s). (Some still show full length and a carpet in the early 1870s) 1880s The ladies dress may be severe and close fitting or it has a bustle (1881-1886 ish), skirts had pleated edges, boys wore sailor suits and velvet suits, Men did not wear frock coats and wore a morning-coat suit or a lounge suit, top hat, bowler or straw hat.
Norfolk jackets were popular as were more casual clothes.
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Henry's bride Elizabeth Theresa Boedeker also had German roots.