Old, Old Family Pictures

My dad is always telling me to label pictures. He points out that a generation from now, the photos that we think "Oh, we'll always know who that is" will pass to another generation who didn't know those people when they were young. And that is why we have so many interesting untitled pictures that we know are family members in an old family album but no clue as to who they are. The photo above is an interesting example....what was so important about this particular baby that he/she is surrounded by all these women? I think a couple of them in the back row on the right as these little girls below, all grown up (but reverse their order to match the people I think they are).

For those of you who know how to date 19th century fashion, about when could you place these pictures above and below based on the dress styles? I'm thinking the picture above is somewhere around the last decade of the 1900's or the first decade of the twentieth century? And that the picture below is in the late 1880's?

Any help is appreciated!

"Do not let what you cannot do
keep you from doing what you can do."

John Wooden


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