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John Martin (1823-1904), an accountant and shopkeeper who was interested in fashion, dance, architecture, gardening, and other pursuits, drew this illustration of a "society lady" as she might have appeared in 1889 in Bangor.
He pasted the illustration onto page 65 of a scrapbook he began writing and illustrating in 1888 while he was working at Katahdin Iron Works near Brownville.
Martin wrote, "The above Lady shows what constitutes a Society lady of the present day. The material for dress in this case is not costly but shows that the wearer is a person of fine taste which a poor person has the priviledge to enjoy if they make a study of the changes and clothes themselves in colors and fashions that at once makes their society agreable with to other persons who train themselves & their persons to the best advantage."
About This Item
- Title: "A Society Lady of 1889," Bangor
- Creator: Martin, John
- Creation Date: 1889
- Subject Date: 1889
- Town: Bangor
- County: Penobscot
- State: ME
- Media: Ink and watercolor on paper
- Local Code: Coll. 1972; 1997.16.3
- Object Type: Image
For more information about this item, contact:Maine Historical Society and Maine State Museum
489 Congress St., Portland, ME 04101
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