Phebe Cole Townsend's 'electric' blue dress, Alexander, ca. 1863

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Phebe Cole Townsend's 'electric' blue dress, Alexander, ca. 1863

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Phebe Cole Townsend of Alexander owned this dress as a young women, prior to her death at only 18 years-old in 1865.

The vivid blue color of this silk taffeta dress was likely the product of the emerging chemical dye industry. Other features of the dress include a pointed waist bodice with long trumpet sleeves, edged with black Cluny lace and jet glass beadwork.

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  • Title: Phebe Cole Townsend's 'electric' blue dress, Alexander, ca. 1863
  • Creation Date: circa 1863
  • Subject Date: circa 1863
  • Location: Alexander, Washington County, ME
  • Media: silk taffeta
  • Dimensions: 152.4 cm x 180.3 cm
  • Local Code: A86-29
  • Collection: Costume collection
  • Object Type: Physical Object

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