Keywords: Womens Clothing
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Contributed by: Maine Historical Society/MaineToday Media Date: circa 1922 Location: Portland Media: Glass negative
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.
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.
… Society in 1993 shifted the Society's historic clothing holdings from a primarily early 19th century collection, to one dominated by women's wear…