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Historical Items

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Item 23662

Costume party, Portland School of Art, 1928

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society/MaineToday Media Date: 1928 Location: Portland Media: Glass Negative

Item 10158

Camp Runoia campers in costume

Contributed by: Camp Runoia Date: 1910 Location: North Belgrade; Belgrade Lakes Media: Photographic print

Item 1135

Brilliant Costume Spectacle, Boothbay, 1888

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1888-10-01 Location: Boothbay Media: Ink on paper

Online Exhibits

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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.

Exhibit

Northern Threads: Two centuries of dress at Maine Historical

Organized by themed vignettes, Northern Threads shares stories about Maine people, while exploring how the clothing they wore reveals social, economic, and environmental histories. This re-examination of Maine Historical Society's permanent collection is an opportunity to consider the relevance of historic clothing in museums, the ebb and flow of fashion styles, and the complexities of diverse representation spanning 200 years of collecting.

Exhibit

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.

Site Pages

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John Martin: Expert Observer - Ada Martin gymnastic costume, Bangor, 1864

Ada Martin gymnastic costume, Bangor, 1864 Contributed by Maine Historical Society and Maine State Museum Description Ada Martin…

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Historic Clothing Collection - Northern Threads: Two centuries of dress at Maine Historical Society - Page 2 of 3

In the United States, costume is commonly associated with clothing worn during theatrical performances, masquerade balls, or during Halloween.

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Historic Clothing Collection - Themed Image Galleries

… part of the Maine Historical Society historic costume and dress collection consists of middle class women's wear, primarily dresses.

My Maine Stories

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Story

My life as a revolutionary knitter
by Katharine Cobey

Moving to Maine and confronting knitting stereotypes

Story

A Maine Family's story of being Prisoners of War in Manila
by Nicki Griffin

As a child, born after the war, I would hear these stories - glad they were finally written down