Business and professional women in costume, Portland, 1925

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Business and professional women in costume, Portland, 1925

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On July 12-18, 1925, nearly 2,000 women came to Portland from over 42 states to attend the Seventh Annual Convention of the National Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs (NFBPWC). The local chapter of the organization hosted the event, which included committee meetings, introductions to parliamentary law, music, receptions, and sight-seeing tours.

Delegates dressed in costumes applicable to their home states, or carried and wore signs that indicate where they traveled from, which suggest a sense of playfulness and of camaraderie.

These women hail from Georgia. Thier costume was supposed to resemble blossoming peach trees.

Women pictured from left to right: Front row: Clara Pickron, Eole Reynolds, Lillie Hamilton, Dora S. Mendes, May Doyle (the national vice president of the NFBPWC for Georgia), Caroline Brown, Olive Morgan, Beulah Wakefield, Gretchen Bredenberg. Back row: Annie May O'Connell, Mamie Klug, Aela Booth, Olin Pearson, Francis Stebbens (president for state), Isabel Sparr, Beryl Bredenberg, Billie Nomell, Mary Bartlett.

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  • Title: Business and professional women in costume, Portland, 1925
  • Creation Date: 1925
  • Subject Date: 1925
  • Town: Portland
  • County: Cumberland
  • State: ME
  • Media: Glass Negative
  • Dimensions: 8.3 cm x 10.8 cm
  • Local Code: Coll. 1949, 2005.061.10990
  • Collection: Portland Press Herald glass negative collection
  • Object Type: Image

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