Photographed by H. Frank Beidel, Shippensberg, Pennsylvania.
This carte de visite shows a family typically
dressed for their portraits in the 1860s. The
man is wearing a pair of striped trousers (most
likely wool), a vest of contrasting material,
and a coat of another material. The edges of his
coat appear to be bound with braid. His wife is
wearing a one-piece dress with a center front
opening in the bodice. Often these bodices were
closed by means of hooks and eyes and then trimmed
with decorative buttons. The girl is wearing a
printed calico dress with an interesting bead
necklace The boy is wearing contrasting trousers
and coat. By all appearances, this family reflects
the dress typical for America's middle class during
the Civil War.