Cruising among the Caribbees. A West Indian Type Woman.

Traditional Caribbean costumes. Charles Augustus Stoddard. West Indian  woman dress

A West Indian Type Woman c. 1900.

A West Indian Type Woman c. 1900.

From the book: Cruising among the Caribbees; summer days in winter months (1903), by Charles Augustus Stoddard (free eBook)

Note:  Petite Soiree, Chapeaux de printemps 1922
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