Keywords: White dress
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.
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.
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.
… post Civil War July 4 parade in Bangor in 1865 is dressed in "white waste and fashionable felt & straw hat" as depicted by John Martin (1823-1904)…
her dress was a blue & red spotted Delane with a small plaided shawl blue white & Red a wide stripe of blue a narrow stripe of Red and the ground…