Civil War Civilian Living History

Interpreting the American Civil War Home Front

Period Images

Examining period images is a great resource for clothing, hairstyles, jewelry, and other material items. Following are several sites that exhibit period images including photos, paintings, and fashion plates. A word about fashion plates–they are high fashion. While you may use them as inspiration for color combinations and bodice cuts be sure your impression supports high fashion if you wish to replicate them exactly. Please feel free to contact me from the “About Me” page if there links that should be included.

This link will take you to my Pinterest boards, which you may find helpful. In addition, there are several others who collect period images; search the site using 19th Century Images, CDV, CDVs, Civil War fashion, etc.

The Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Online Catalog
Experiments with search terms here.

Use CDV as a search term. This search will bring you images outside of the Civil War era as well, but using a more general search term will bring you more results of civilians. Be careful with some of the descriptions; they are not always accurate.

Facebook Groups
Some groups dedicated to Civil War Living History include photos sections that contain period images. A few groups you may wish to visit include, 19th Century Life, Victorian Images, Carte de Visite and Cabinet Card Photography, 19th Century Fashions, Civilian Civil War Closet, and Gentlemen of the Mid-19th Century: Improving Your Impression.

Stonegate Antiques

Circa Bellum

Earthly Angels Blog

Gotham Patterns: Original Images Blog

Civil War
There are many sub categories  to choose from here.

J. Cosmas Vintage Photography

Lawrence T. Jones III Photographs
Texas specific, but still a good resource

Medhurst & Co.

Remains to Be Seen
Use the drop down menus at the top of the page to find the images that interest you.

The Daguerreian Society

Dixieland Delight Tin Types
Lots of pop up ads, but great images of women.

Roger Vaughan Photograph Collection

Sense and Sensibility

Outdoor Pictures Album on Facebook

The Graceful Lady
Anna Allen is no longer updating this web page; however, her period images are still on the page.