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Item 28714

Women in bathing costume, 1915

Contributed by: McArthur Public Library

Date: 1915

Location: Biddeford

Media: Photographic print

Item 10130

Women in costume, Lovell, ca. 1920

Contributed by: Lovell Historical Society

Date: circa 1920

Location: Lovell

Media: Photographic print

Item 69790

Students in Valentine costumes, Farmington State Normal School, ca. 1922

Contributed by: Mantor Library at UMF

Date: circa 1922

Location: Farmington

Media: Photographic print

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Dress made by Martha Willey Riley, Cherryfield, 1912

Fashionable Maine: early twentieth century clothing

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.


Mary King Scrimgeour dress, Lewiston, ca. 1895

Dressing Up, Standing Out, Fitting In

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.


One-piece pink faille dress, York, ca. 1835

The Mainspring of Fashion

The mainspring of fashion is the process whereby members of one class imitate the styles of another, who in turn are driven to ever new expedients of fashionable change.

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Waterfront with steamboat, Swan's Island, ca. 1920

Swan's Island: Six miles east of ordinary - Redmen's Hall

There were still costumes in the back room. The building was torn down in the 1960s, and its lumber was used for other houses.