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Historical Items

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Item 105500

Full crinoline dress with fringe, ca. 1859

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1859 Media: silk, cotton

Item 105817

Altered mourning dress, Standish, ca. 1865

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1865 Location: Standish Media: silk, cotton, linen

Item 105517

Emma W. Farrington's wedding dress, Holden, ca. 1861

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1861 Location: Holden Media: silk, baleen,cotton

Online Exhibits

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Northern Threads: Two centuries of dress at Maine Historical

Organized by themed vignettes, Northern Threads shares stories about Maine people, while exploring how the clothing they wore reveals social, economic, and environmental histories. This re-examination of Maine Historical Society's permanent collection is an opportunity to consider the relevance of historic clothing in museums, the ebb and flow of fashion styles, and the complexities of diverse representation spanning 200 years of collecting.

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Northern Threads: Civil War-era clothing

An exhibit vignette within "Northern Threads, Part 1," featuring American Civil War civilian and military clothing, 1860 to 1869.

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Northern Threads: Bustle era fashions

A themed vignette within "Northern Threads Part I," featuring 1870s and 80s era bustle silhouettes.

Site Pages

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Historic Clothing Collection - 1870-1890 - Page 2 of 4

Early examples include a blueish purple 1860s highly trimmed walking dress with a short basque (a fitted jacket-like bodice) and flat fronted skirt…

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Historic Clothing Collection - 1850-1870 - Page 4 of 4

A dress from this period made of a weightier ribbed gray and pale blue shot silk features cuffed pagoda sleeves and is notable, first for its very…

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Historic Clothing Collection - 1870-1890 - Page 1 of 4

In the 1860s and 1870s small thread mills, such as the Haskell Silk Company of Westbrook proliferated, producing the special twist thread in high…