However the pair in my first photo don't look in the mood to party.
|A veteran with his wife (1860s)|
He appears to be wearing a British Crimean War medal with bars - although it had previously been said that it shows an American Civil War (1861-1865) veteran, a dubious attribution. His wife is sporting a bonnet with ruffles, a paisley shawl and gloves.
The next pair are in party mode.
Cover of Puck magazine, 1916 Sep 9.
(United States Library of Congress - Author Ralph Barton))
This photo was captioned:
"8:15 P.M.": Man, wearing top hat and tails, looking at extravagantly dressed woman, who is seated on floor with large cushions.
Gentlemen, if it's a cheap hat you want how about this? Not sure about the rest of the outfit though.
|John Tenniel Illustration 1869 - Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland|
Back in 1932 no public opening was complete without ladies in hats, fine dresses and of course dignitaries in top hats.
|Opening of the Grey Street Bridge, Brisbane 30 March 1932|
Governor Goodwin and party walking across the Grey Street Bridge after its opening. Sir John and Lady Goodwin with Neil Campbell and his wife, walking over the Grey Street Bridge. The men are wearing morning dress, top hats and spats. Lady Goodwin and an unidentified woman are carrying bouquets.
The Grey Street Bridge was renamed the William Jolly Bridge in 1955 after William Jolly, the first Lord Mayor of Greater Brisbane.
For more jolly japes you need to pay a visit to Sepia Saturday 126