Tannenbaum family in 1920 Berlin

Updated Oct 15, 2020
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on Oct 07, 2020 12:54 PM
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This is a photo of Rosalie (Rowelski) Tannenbaum , Usher Tannenbaum and Deborah (Tannenbaum) Wilson added by Debbie McKenzie on October 7, 2020.
Date & Place: at Berlin, Germany in Berlin, Berlin Germany
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Ancient Faces commented
The Tannenbaums, 1920 Berlin Germany. This is a handsome and prosperous looking family and yet, in US eyes, the photo looks earlier than 1920. Were European styles that different 100 years ago?
Oct 15, 2020 · Reply
Nancy Thompson commented
Looks like 1906 California.
Oct 15, 2020 · Reply
Linda Woody commented
I was looking at old old videos from the silent era and saw the hemlines stay very long until the last couple of years of the 1920s when it became fashionable and acceptable to be slightly at the knee with the dress hem. Perhaps this couple wore their best old clothes? Top hats were something still worn for formal occasions into the 1940s (sometimes still are depending upon the event and where).
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Ree Young commented
Linda Woody Actually, according to the Landscape Change Program at the University of Vermont and the Vintage Fashion Guild, the hemline hit the knees around 1925 or so. In the last years of that decade, hems began going down a bit until the 1930 took them back down to mid-calf or just a bit below. They stayed there until the 1940s when they began to go up once more.
Oct 15, 2020 ·
Jan Richeson Davis commented
Linda Woody I think hem length was very much impacted by age, class, and location of the lady in question.
Oct 16, 2020 ·
Shelley Howard commented
I'd say the mid-teens by her dress and hat.
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Antonio Jose commented
Not 1920s.
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Jessica Murray commented
Could very well be 1920. It was just after the end of WWI and, with Germany just being out of the war, fashions were not a top priority for most families.
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Marion Mcclung commented
Of course, the war was just over and there was a good deal of poverty in Europe. Their clothing may not be up to date related to those reasons. In the early 1920s, clothing styles were still fairly conservative. Older men's formal clothes fashions changed slowly. Her clothing, I think, reflect the styles between 1910-1914.
Oct 15, 2020 · Reply
We tend to imagine everyone in the 20s as flappers and sheiks but it really wasn't the majority of western people ^^
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Ree Young commented
From what I've seen in newsreels of Germany after WWI, even with the war debt and the crushed economy, there were still well-to-do Germans who managed to hang on to a more elite lifestyle. Fashion, especially for the young adults after the drabness and pain of the war, was still important as a way to keep up their spirits.

Hemlines did rise to about mid-calf...even in the rest of Europe and in the US, the Flapper image was symbolic more than the standard for fashion.

This woman's dress is likely one she's had for some time. People back then didn't get new wardrobes every year, and clothes were repaired, altered, and reimagined to look newer.

Her hem is above ankle length, and the sleeves are fitted...a dress style close to1920, even 19189 or 1919.

But this lady is matronly, not one who would be embracing the newer, more daring fashions. Same kind of thing as the rest of Europe and the US.
Oct 15, 2020 · Reply
Bob Gaines commented
Little Deborah must have gotten out of Germany before the Holocaust!
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Marilynn Marlow commented
I think this was still very much in style as formal wear
Oct 15, 2020 · Reply
This looks more like 1890s clothing
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Shelley Howard commented
1890. fashions had the big sleeves. This style is Edwardian.
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Judy Walker-Smith commented
Paula Renner McCann that's what I was thinking
Oct 15, 2020 ·
I'm quite sure it's not from 1920, because the twenties fashion had reached europe as well.
by the way, their last name says they are jews.
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Jan Richeson Davis commented
I thought the same thing as Katrin. Tannenbaum is not always a Jewish name, but it often is. If they were Haredi that would absolutely explain the top hat and coat of the man and the conservative dress of the woman. That is my interpretation of this photograph. Sad to contemplate the fate of this family.
Oct 15, 2020 · Reply
Lone Vissing commented
If you have seen Downton Abby you would know that the younger generation wore shorter dresses after ww1 but the doverger still wore the victorian style for a long time
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James Gallai commented
My Family emigrated from Germany a few years after, 1928,
No photos appear similar.
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Sherry Richmond commented
Judging from the long skirt & the top hat I would say 1890s.
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Tonya Clevenger commented
This is teens 1912 or so
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