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Historical Items

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Item 94909

Mourning dress, Presque Isle, ca. 1860

Contributed by: Presque Isle Historical Society Date: circa 1860 Location: Presque Isle Media: Cloth

Item 105321

Crepe mourning skirt, ca. 1900

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1900 Media: Silk, Horsehair, Cotton, Metal

Item 99002

Mourning bonnet, Presque Isle, ca. 1860

Contributed by: Presque Isle Historical Society Date: circa 1860 Location: Presque Isle Media: Cloth

Exhibits

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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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Dressing Up, Standing Out, Fitting In

Adorning oneself to look one's "best" has varied over time, gender, economic class, and by event. Adornments suggest one's sense of identity and one's intent to stand out or fit in.

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Art of the People: Folk Art in Maine

For many different reasons people saved and carefully preserved the objects in this exhibit. Eventually, along with the memories they hold, the objects were passed to the Maine Historical Society. Object and memory, serve as a powerful way to explore history and to connect to the lives of people in the past.

Site Pages

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Historic Clothing Collection - Mourning Clothing

Mourning Clothing View the Mourning Clothing Slide Show With the growth of the middle class, the custom of wearing black during periods of…

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Historic Clothing Collection - Children's Wear

Children's Wear View the Children's Clothing Slide Show For the second half of the 19th century children’s fashions mirrored adult styles.

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Historic Clothing Collection - Mid Twentieth Century

The mid twentieth century (1950-1980) clothing at Maine Historical Society is but a small fraction of the Society's overall garment holdings, which…