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Historic Clothing Collection - Children's Wear

Children's Wear View the Children's Clothing Slide Show For the second half of the 19th century children’s fashions mirrored adult styles.

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Historic Clothing Collection - 1800-1830 - Page 2 of 2

1800-1830 Gown with leaf motif, ca. 1825Maine Historical Society As of 2020, the MHS collection includes no examples of 1820s colored cotton…

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Historic Clothing Collection - 1800-1830 - Page 1 of 2

1800-1830 Lucia Wadsworth's "assembly dress," Portland, ca. 1799Maine Historical Society Slender cotton gown, Buckfield, ca.

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Historic Clothing Collection - Mid to Late Nineteenth Century

Mid to Late Nineteenth Century Until the development of fashion publications, people relied on letters from travelling friends, or returning…

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Historic Clothing Collection - Wrappers, Teagowns & At Home Dresses

Wrappers, Teagowns & At Home Dresses View the Wrappers, Tea Gowns & At Home Dresses Slide Show Wrapper is the traditional term used for the…

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Historic Clothing Collection - Mourning Clothing

Mourning Clothing View the Mourning Clothing Slide Show With the growth of the middle class, the custom of wearing black during periods of…

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Historic Clothing Collection - Mid Twentieth Century

Mid Twentieth Century Nylon dress with faux pearl buttons, ca. 1955Maine Historical Society There is little in the collection to tell of the…

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Historic Clothing Collection - 1900-1910 - Page 2 of 3

1900-1910 Sarah E. Thomas' silk foulard dress, ca.1905Maine Historical Society Many fashionable silk dresses from this period deteriorate…

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Historic Clothing Collection - 1900-1910 - Page 3 of 3

1900-1910 Margaret A. McGuire's wedding dress, Portland, 1909Maine Historical Society Detail of McGuire wedding dress X Gold…

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Historic Clothing Collection - 1900-1910 - Page 1 of 3

1900-1910 Ella May Clark's three-piece dress, Yarmouth, ca. 1901Maine Historical Society Of early 1900s contrasting fashions, one was defined…

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Historic Clothing Collection - Eighteenth Century - Page 2 of 3

Eighteenth Century Bright pink petticoat, ca. 1780Maine Historical Society A quilted petticoat of bright pink calamanco (polished wool) with…

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Historic Clothing Collection - Eighteenth Century - Page 3 of 3

Eighteenth Century During this period male dress also underwent change. A combination of the eighteenth century English taste for clothes suited to…

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Historic Clothing Collection - Eighteenth Century - Page 1 of 3

Eighteenth Century Revolutionary-era styled gownMaine Historical Society As of the year 2020, the earliest garments in the MHS collection…

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Historic Clothing Collection - Themed Image Galleries

Themed Image Galleries Queen City Flying Club Jacket, ca. 1930 Organizational Uniforms Image GalleryMaine Historical Society The greater part…

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Historic Clothing Collection - 1910-1920 - Page 2 of 2

1910-1920 Ester McDonald's dinner dress, ca. 1910Maine Historical Society Two lace dresses, one black and one white, provide further examples…

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Historic Clothing Collection - 1910-1920 - Page 1 of 2

1910-1920 Haskell silk wedding dress, Westbrook, ca. 1912Maine Historical Society Post 1910, further simplification was influenced by the…

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Historic Clothing Collection - Early Twentieth Century

Early Twentieth Century Embellished velvet and silk gown, ca. 1895Maine Historical Society Lewiston's Mary King Scrimgeour's small, but…

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Historic Clothing Collection - Outerwear 1870 to 1900

Outerwear 1870 to 1900 Day jacket, ca. 1880Maine Historical Society Dolman sleeved mantles suitable to wear with large skirts or bustles…

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Historic Clothing Collection - 1920-1930 - Page 2 of 3

1920-1930 Helen Little Hamm's drop waist dress, Kittery, ca. 1926Maine Historical Society Clothing of the early 1920s is characteristically…

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Historic Clothing Collection - 1920-1930 - Page 3 of 3

1920-1930 Margery Burr's embroidered dress, Kennebunkport, ca. 1920Maine Historical Society Anne Wilson's rayon dress, ca.

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Historic Clothing Collection - 1920-1930 - Page 1 of 3

1920-1930 Satin dress with tassels, ca. 1920Maine Historical Society The tubular line silhouette returned after the First World War.

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Historic Clothing Collection - 1930-1940 - Page 2 of 4

1930-1940 Miss Margaret's designer robe, ca. 1936Maine Historical Society Early examples of the era's wide shoulder fashion are found among a…

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Historic Clothing Collection - 1930-1940 - Page 3 of 4

1930-1940 Evening gown with pink decorative motif, ca. 1940Maine Historical Society Fashions from the Great Depression years range from…

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Historic Clothing Collection - 1930-1940 - Page 1 of 4

1930-1940 Rayon Suit, ca. 1930Maine Historical Society The Great Depression changed the mood of the times, and of fashion and fabrics.