Men wore matching coats, waistcoats and trousers, with hairstyles characterised by large mutton-chop side-burns and moustaches, after the style set by Prince Albert.
Shirts had high upstanding collars and were tied at the neck with large bow-ties.
The excess that characterized the Victorian era continued with increasing exuberance during the 1870s.
It's quite possible the two men closely resembled each other. I'd guess the man in this picture to be in his 20s.
That's how quickly an identification can be lost or mixed up.
I particularly like the fact that it displays quite a lot of clothing for the average person, not just the more fashionable society, and there is much to be learned from that.
It displays clothing and accessories, and the commentary is thoroughly enjoyable.
1860s women's dress featured tight bodices with high necks and buttoned fronts.
White lace was popular for collars and cuffs, as were low sloping shoulders that flared out into wide sleeves.
The shape of the dress changed significantly during the 1870s, and the bustle was most distinguishing feature of the new 70s fashion.
This high protuberance at the back of the skirt carried on the 1860s trend toward flat fronts with extra material gathered in the back.
I purchased this as a resource to help me date historic images based on the clothing the people are wearing.
I'm pretty disappointed - there is a TON of writing and not nearly as many pictures as I had expected.
I don't anticipate it to be as helpful as I had hoped it would be.