Hoopskirt Girl

Updated Jan 28, 2020
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on Aug 16, 2019 3:17 AM
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There is no information on this photo anywhere, so I don't know who this cute little girl was. I believe the object in the chair is her hat.
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Ancient Faces commented
Did you wear hand-me-downs when you were a kid? This little girl in the 1800s is being swallowed by her clothes & she's not too happy about it!
Jan 28, 2020 · Reply
Bernice Jones commented
I had two older sisters & two younger sisters, we were always swapping clothes.
Plus the eldest sibling was a boy & we wore his hand-me-downs too. 😊
Jan 28, 2020 · Reply
AncientFaces commented
Not just siblings - I got them from cousins! :)
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Ree Young commented
I often bought clothes at the thrift shop for my sons when they were growing up. Sometimes the flannel shirts or jackets were meant for girls, but the only difference was that the buttons were on the opposite side. I doubt anyone at school ever looked that closely at their clothes, and they certainly didn't care.
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Brigitte Cherubini
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Brigitte Cherubini commented
Victorian era. That was the style.
Jan 28, 2020 · Reply
Esther Evans commented
I was the youngest....you bet I wore hand-me-downs....LOL
Jan 28, 2020 · Reply
Pepe Antonio commented
Probably not hand-me-downs. At that age many parents made or bought clothes two sizes bigger because kids grow up very fast. Even today.
Jan 28, 2020 · Reply
Ginny French commented
I find these old "formal" photos fascinating. The fabric patterns, clothing designs, and other items speak to me of a simpler time. Thank you for your interesting posts.
Jan 28, 2020 · Reply
Lynn Harbach commented
It fits her perfectly....it's the style. look how the neck fits her....and the length....
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Ree Young commented
My older sister got hand-me-downs from an older cousin, and I got the same clothes later from my sister. By the time I wore them, they were so old-fashioned that it was embarrassing.

This little girl's outfit, though,might not be a hand-me-down. It could just be that it was made larger than she is in the photo in order for her to wear it for several more years.

My folks always bought our winter coats 2 sizes too big so we could wear them as we grew. That meant they didn't have to spend money on winter coats every single year. For our blue collar family, a good quality winter coat was a major investment.

That kind of frugality stuck with me. I wore the same white shoes on my wedding day when I was 19 that I had worn to my high school graduation when I was 17.
Jan 28, 2020 · Reply
AncientFaces commented
Oh yeah, parents bought larger - thinking economically. However, I began babysitting when I was 11 and bought some of my own clothes. Being a kid, I bought what fit. So my clothing was all over the place! ;)
Jan 28, 2020 ·
Even though I am the eldest of 3, my mother always purchased clothing that was too big, so I could grow into it.
Jan 28, 2020 · Reply
Janet Messmer commented
Her facial expression may be due to having her head clamped to keep it steady for the long exposure and having been strongly admonished to keep absolutely still.
She's being a good girl.
Jan 28, 2020 · Reply
Pat Hatley commented
I had two brothers but I wore hand me downs from my aunt. My grandfather raised chickens and the feed sacks were made of floral cotton material. My mom would take the sacks to my grandmother and she made beautiful dresses for me out of these sacks.
Jan 28, 2020 · Reply
Linda Roth commented
This was a great way for the original recyclers. The prints were very pretty.
Jan 29, 2020 ·
Helen Norvell commented
Cute , I was only girl so there was no hand-me-downs. But mom did have some of my clothes made
by a neighbor lady.
Jan 28, 2020 · Reply
Danis Arteaga commented
Oh, My mother dressed me like that , I remember .
Jan 28, 2020 · Reply
Sue Kelliher commented
Yup always had a lot of my sisters and brothers hand-me-downs.👗👖👕 some of the clothes I would sew up to fit right.
Jan 28, 2020 · Reply
Louie Lou commented
"Hand me downs" from an older sister probably.
Jan 28, 2020 · Reply
Sandi Brown Tunno commented
I didn’t know they made new clothes for a long time!
Jan 28, 2020 · Reply
Susan W. Milam commented
Yes I did. My sister is 18 mos older than me.
Jan 28, 2020 · Reply
Yep now called recycling! Lol
Jan 28, 2020 · Reply
Anita Jo Intenzo commented
I had a twin brother and one time he gave me a pair of his jeans he wasn't wearing. As a female I was thrilled they fit me perfect ( better then women's) and all I had to do was cut off the excess length as he was 5' 10" and I was 5' 3" fray the edges.
Jan 28, 2020 · Reply
Tom Barton commented
Adorable little lady .
Jan 28, 2020 · Reply
I was an only child and didn't have anyone to hand down their clothes to me. My mom and grandma made most of my clothes when I was young. I gave my hand me downs to my cousin who was 2 years younger.
Jan 28, 2020 · Reply
James Brooker commented
Sweet but not too happy
Jan 28, 2020 · Reply
Linda Klein commented
I left a crying emoji because I had to wear hand-me-downs from my adult aunt and must have looked something like this little girl.
Jan 28, 2020 · Reply
Patsy Shelton commented
I can relate to that. For years my Mom made our clothes on my grandmother's treadle machine. But, money was slim and she quit.
Jan 28, 2020 · Reply
Claudia Bellemare commented
She still looks cute. I think a lot of us had hand me downs. It's what it was money was tight when you came from a large family or not.
Jan 28, 2020 · Reply
Bob Gaines commented
"the 1800's" - that's a wide range of years, although she would clearly fall into the 2nd half of the century.
Jan 28, 2020 · Reply
Maureen Bates commented
Not too many hand me downs ....
Mother made our clothes and she made them fit. But , If we got a hand-me-down outfit, you can bet she altered it to fit....she didn't want us wearing our clothes too big...or too small.
Jan 28, 2020 · Reply
Debra Cox commented
No hand me downs for me! I'm the oldest!
Jan 28, 2020 · Reply
Ruth McKay commented
No, because I am the eldest daughter. I have a younger sister and brother.
Jan 28, 2020 · Reply
Chuck Leyton commented
🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 it's her older sister dress
Jan 28, 2020 · Reply
Carine Munro commented
i had three brothers ten years older than me..i was the only girl so i was lucky enough to get eveything new
Jan 28, 2020 · Reply
Ruby Miller commented
I think this would possibly have been in the 1860's around the time of the American Civil War and was probably the current style for that time.
Jan 28, 2020 · Reply
I was lucky. I was the oldest child and the oldest female grandchild, so no hand me downs.
Jan 28, 2020 · Reply
Elizabeth Grace commented
No, an only child, so everything was new or custom made. My Mother used to dress me in boyish tailored things. But my lovely Nanna used to buy me frilly and fancy dresses, which I loved.
Jan 28, 2020 · Reply
Elizabeth Grace commented
No, an only child, so everything was new or custom made. My Mother used to dress me in boyish tailored things. But my lovely Nanna used to buy me frilly and fancy dresses, which I loved.
Jan 28, 2020 · Reply
Lance Allison commented
When I was a kid if hand me down clothes were too big I was told “You’ll grow into them” .
Jan 28, 2020 · Reply
Mary Fooshée commented
I'm the youngest of 5, so of course!
Jan 29, 2020 · Reply
Carol Newton commented
I never did. My sister was 10yrs older
Jan 29, 2020 · Reply
Linda Roth commented
Either that or the new outfit was deliberately made larger to let her "grow into it." Being the oldest, that was a consideration for me, when I was growing up.
Jan 29, 2020 · Reply
Ellen Fries-Ewing commented
I was the youngest of six (five girls), and the youngest of all my friends, so I was always wearing hand me downs. :)
Jan 29, 2020 · Reply
Mary Louise Wade commented
Did and still do
Jan 29, 2020 · Reply
Robin Lada commented
I wore my brothers hand me down jeans & white t shirts when I was pretty small
Jan 30, 2020 · Reply
Paul Swing commented
As the youngest of 4 boys, definitely!
Jan 31, 2020 · Reply
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