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Keywords: Women's fashions

Historical Items

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Item 15617

Houlton Women's Club Pagent, 1914

Contributed by: Aroostook County Historical and Art Museum Date: 1914-06-12 Location: Houlton Media: Photographic print

Item 102770

Ladies afternoon suit, ca. 1920

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1920 Location: Portland Media: Wool, silk

Item 100385

Wyoming delegates to NFBPWC convention, Portland, 1925

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society/MaineToday Media Date: 1925 Location: Portland Media: Glass Negative

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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Working Women of the Old Port

Women at the turn of the 20th century were increasingly involved in paid work outside the home. For wage-earning women in the Old Port section of Portland, the jobs ranged from canning fish and vegetables to setting type. A study done in 1907 found many women did not earn living wages.

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Fashionable Maine: early twentieth century clothing

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.

Site Pages

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John Martin: Expert Observer - Fashion in Bangor, 1865

… crown and a visor." He suggested that women's fashions changed when men went off to the Civil War.

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Life on a Tidal River - Fashion of the '40s

… could you ever live through the circumstances of fashion like many did during the 1940s? Fashion More examples of fashion during the '40's

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Lubec, Maine - Parade, Pins and Pageantry, 1911

Fashioned after the Army in every respect, their titles were military, their lodges had military names and they wore special uniforms. (The U.R.K.P.

My Maine Stories

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Story

Florence Ahlquist Link's WWII service in the WAVES
by Earlene Ahlquist Chadbourne

Florence Ahlquist, age 20, was trained to repair the new aeronautical cameras by the US Navy in WWII

Story

Catching live bait with Grandfather
by Randy Randall

We never bought live bait for fishing. Grandfather caught all the minnows and shiners we needed.