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Contributed by: Sanford-Springvale Historical Society
Date: circa 1900
Media: Print from Glass Negative
Contributed by: Yarmouth Historical Society
Date: circa 1920
Media: Photographic print
Contributed by: Maine Historical Society/MaineToday Media
Media: Glass Negative
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.
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.
After traveling to the Arctic with Robert E. Peary, Donald B. MacMillan (1874-1970), an explorer, researcher, and lecturer, helped design his own vessel for Arctic exploration, the schooner Bowdoin, which he named after his alma mater. The schooner remains on the seas.
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Ada Martin gymnastic costume, Bangor, 1864 Contributed by Maine Historical Society and Maine State Museum Description Ada Martin…
… Arts Bar Harbor Group of Players in Costume, 1919 Item 81405 infoNortheast Harbor Library A group of performers in costume outside the…
… tried to depict people in his drawings in the costumes they wore. He wrote that in the illustrated numbered "2," she was making a dress for her…