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Historical Items

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Item 105516

Taffeta and velvet bustle dress ensemble, ca. 1880

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1880 Location: Newcastle Media: silk, cotton

Item 105305

Annie Corbett's beaded fancy occasion dress, Portland, ca. 1880

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1880 Location: Machiasport; Portland Media: silk, cotton, glass, metal

Item 105515

Sarah S. Wilson's beaded silk two-piece ensemble, Waterford, ca. 1888

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1888 Location: Waterford Media: silk, glass

Exhibits

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Eternal Images: Photographing Childhood

From the earliest days of photography doting parents from across Maine sought to capture images of their young children. The studio photographs often reflect the families' images of themselves and their status or desired status.

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The Mainspring of Fashion

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.

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A Craze for Cycling

Success at riding a bike mirrored success in life. Bicycling could bring families together. Bicycling was good for one's health. Bicycling was fun. Bicycles could go fast. Such were some of the arguments made to induce many thousands of people around Maine and the nation to take up the new pastime at the end of the nineteenth century.

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

In the late 1880s, the bustle simplified in shape and disappeared by 1890. As fashions moved towards the next century, skirts lost the over layers…

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Historic Clothing Collection - 1870-1890 - Page 3 of 4

Some 1880s basques (seen in some of the collection's wedding dresses) are long, but not as long as the example just described, and sweep back over…

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Historic Clothing Collection - 1920-1930 - Page 1 of 3

Initially discovered in the late 1880s, rayon is the product of a chemical process that converts cellulosic (plant) material into long filaments.