Helen Little Hamm's drop waist dress, Kittery, ca. 1926

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Helen Little Hamm's drop waist dress, Kittery, ca. 1926

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Helen (Little) Hamm (1902-1994) is said to have owned this dress during the period she taught school in Kittery. Originally from Portland, she attended Bates College (Class of 1924), briefly taught school in Kittery, then returned to Portland after marrying Gilchrist Hamm in 1928.

The dress embodies a distinctly 1920s style, with a straight silhouette, low waist and wide decorative waistband. The velvet band around the waist gaps at the left side, where its met by ruching. A brooch with four gems adds detail to the waistband. The long-sleeved bronze colored silk chiffon dress includes a V-neck, trimmed in a darker brown velvet. The same velvet is seen at the cuffs, and waistband. A finely pleated ruffle makes up the bottom of the skirt. The dress was donated to Maine Historical Society along with a coordinating cloche hat made of brown felt.

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About This Item

  • Title: Helen Little Hamm's drop waist dress, Kittery, ca. 1926
  • Creation Date: circa 1926
  • Subject Date: circa 1926
  • Location: Kittery, York County, ME
  • Media: silk, velvet, cotton, glass, metal
  • Local Code: 1991.175.3
  • Collection: Costume collection
  • Object Type: Physical Object

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Maine Historical Society
485 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
(207) 774-1822 x230

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