A pretty woman, wearing a fashionable, but unusual dress, poses for a photographer named Joseph G. Morris, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The studio was located at 16 Sixth Street, in Pittsburgh. She is wearing a collar pin. On the reverse of the photograph is the handwritten name, “Hillz”. One imagines that Hillz is the last name of the subject of this photograph. United States census data reveals some biographical information about the photographer of this cabinet card. Morris was located in the 1880 census. Morris was about 29 years old and he and his father (David Morris) were both working as photographer agents. In 1900, Morris and his 18 year old son, Harry, were boarders, and the older Morris was working as a photographer while the younger Morris was employed s a photographer apprentice. The 1910 U.S. Census finds Morris  still working as a photographer and living with his wife, Mary P. Morris.

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  1. I’m curious what you find unusual about the dress. It is quite lovely, probably a smallish second bustle dress.

  2. Women’s Wear Daily will never be asking my opinion about contemporary fashion, or matters concerning the history of fashion. I am far from an authority on such matters. Fortunately, a number of regular visitors to the cabinet card gallery, including yourself, are very informed concerning matters of historical fashion and leave valuable commentary. I found the dress worn by the “Fashionable Pittsburgh Woman”, to be unusual because of the design of the material stitched onto the dress. I did not find it unusual because of the structure of the dress. I appreciate your question and look forward to your future comments.

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