Keywords: Costume Party
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Contributed by: Maine Historical Society/MaineToday Media
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Contributed by: Mantor Library at UMF
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Contributed by: McArthur Public Library
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Adorning oneself to look one's "best" has varied over time, gender, economic class, and by event. Adornments suggest one's sense of identity and one's intent to stand out or fit in.
Maine residents kept pace with the dramatic shift in women’s dress that occurred during the short number of years preceding and immediately following World War I. The long restrictive skirts, stiff collars, body molding corsets and formal behavior of earlier decades quickly faded away and the new straight, dropped waist easy-to-wear clothing gave mobility and freedom of movement in tune with the young independent women of the casual, post-war jazz age generation.
After traveling to the Arctic with Robert E. Peary, Donald B. MacMillan (1874-1970), an explorer, researcher, and lecturer, helped design his own vessel for Arctic exploration, the schooner Bowdoin, which he named after his alma mater. The schooner remains on the seas.
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Ada Martin gymnastic costume, Bangor, 1864 Contributed by Maine Historical Society and Maine State Museum Description Ada Martin…
… tried to depict people in his drawings in the costumes they wore. He wrote that in the illustrated numbered "2," she was making a dress for her…
… were bare bones concerts without the pageantry of costumes, sets, or a full orchestra. Some of the participants had been professional musicians…