Sunday, September 11, 2011

Photo Number 651

This is the last photo in the interesting dresses series. I purchased this photo in The Tin Ceiling Antique Shop in Park Rapids Minnesota. 

Gingham Granny PR Tin Ceiling

I call this one gingham granny.  Her dress is reminiscent of years gone by..buttons, long sleeves and a tiny waist.  I wonder if the dress was cut too short and the bottom part was added or if it is part of the design.

I have a dress in the museum that has a bottom hem that can be removed for washing or repairs.  I read because men spit in the streets that many women sewed extra hems on their dresses.

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  1. So women in the old days showed practicality even in little things, though men could have been a bit more thoughtful. Practical, pretty dress!

  2. There is something so captivating about these women of yesterday in their white dresses.

  3. Those were the days when most men chewed tobacco and spit everywhere. My dad has an old coffee can by his wicker rocker that he spit in.

  4. Men still spit all over the place... but sadly, women do to in these parts.

    Gingham granny sure looks masculine... is this what they would call a "handsome woman"?

  5. The spitting problem also gave rise to the dust ruffle and high heels. During the Renaissance platform shoes were utilized to keep ones feet out of the refuse that was just thrown into the streets. ICK! During the Victorian era when skirt hems dropped and/or were trained, the dust ruffle was a detachable piece that lined the inside of the skirt hem. it was removed for laundering (and hopefully boiled!) while the dress itself was spot cleaned.

    I think this lady's dress is just showing a bit of her personal fashion. The photo looks 20th century to me, and those gauzy white dresses with all the pleats and tucks were popular. Perhaps this was her "garden party" dress and she ran out of gumption with all the tucks. :-)


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