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These photographs portray some of the costume styles of days gone by, but not all are from the Black Country. Do you often wonder why very few people smiled for the camera? I did too until I found out that it was usually because of their bad teeth! 

If you have any photographs you would like me to add to this section, please email them to mail@blackcountrygenealogyandfamilyhistory.co.uk with any details you may have.

This photograph was taken around 1898. The poor children look terrified!

A conservative estimate for this photograph is about 1906. Is her outfit a school uniform?

This photograph was probably taken a few years before the one above - the outfits again appear to be some sort of uniform.

A Cabinet Portrait from the late 1800's. Note the unusual style of costume for the young child supported by his father. 

A Studio Photograph from the early 20th century.

A Studio Portrait by G King of Kidderminster. The date is unknown but was probably the late 19th century to early 20th century.

Two very well dressed school children. Date unknown.


A Studio Photograph from approximately 1916-1918.

Members of the B.P.G.G. of Waltham Abbey from approximately 1916-1918.

An interesting photograph, possibly from the Edwardian Period. 

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