Wealthy subjects had many fashionable ensembles to choose from, whereas ordinary working-class ancestors usually donned their best outfit, kept for church on Sundays and special occasions.
Everyone wished to create a good impression in the treasured photographs that would later be shown to family and friends and might be displayed in an album, or hung on the wall.
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Family historians often wonder whether their poorer forebears would have been able to dress very fashionably.
This is a good question but photographic evidence suggests that in many cases even humbler working ancestors followed the latest styles.
There have been hundreds of different photographic processes, each with their own distinguishing characteristics.
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