Keywords: wool cloth
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Contributed by: Lisbon Historical Society
Location: Lisbon Falls
Media: Wool Cloth
Contributed by: Aroostook County Historical and Art Museum
Date: circa 1885
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.
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.
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.
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Examples include Cassimeres: 40-50 cents per yard, flannels 17-25 cents per yard and pressed cloth for 25 cents per yard.
He raised sheep for their wool, and the wool would have been sold for money, made into clothes, or used for household work.
… spun, wove, and knit their clothing from the wool of their own sheep, and lived within their own resources." By 1850 there were 123 people on the…