Keywords: National costumes
Contributed by: Descendants of Annah Butler Richardson and Arthur Berry Richardson through Prince Memorial Library Date: circa 1917 Media: Photographic print
Concern about immigrants and their loyalty in the post World War I era led to programs to "Americanize" them -- an effort to help them learn English and otherwise adjust to life in the United States. Clara Soule ran one such program for the Portland Public Schools, hoping it would help the immigrants be accepted.
The National Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs (NFBPWC) held their seventh annual convention in Portland during July 12 to July 18, 1925. Over 2,000 working women from around the country visited the city.
Maine residents kept pace with the dramatic shift in women’s dress that occurred during the short number of years preceding and immediately following World War I. The long restrictive skirts, stiff collars, body molding corsets and formal behavior of earlier decades quickly faded away and the new straight, dropped waist easy-to-wear clothing gave mobility and freedom of movement in tune with the young independent women of the casual, post-war jazz age generation.
… to draw public attention to indigenous customs in costumed performances. Like Jay Leno or Jon Stewart who entertain today’s audiences with a clever…
Conrad Coulombe in costume for play "Tonkourou," Biddeford, ca. 1925McArthur Public Library Talent without an audience quickly evaporates, but…
… and school jackets; or uniforms associated with national organizations like the Red Cross. This image gallery offers examples from this small, yet…