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Historical Items

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Item 105703

Silk crepe gown by Jessie Franklin Turner, Portland, ca. 1938

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1935 Location: Portland; New York Media: silk

Item 111079

'Paruli Fleuri' dress line sheet, Paris, 1928

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1928 Location: Prout's Neck; Kennebunkport; Paris Media: Ink on paper with fabric

Item 105473

Dior inspired prom dress, ca. 1960

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1960 Location: Portland Media: cotton, metal

Online Exhibits

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Cosmopolitan stylings of Mildred and Madeleine Burrage

Born in Portland, sisters Mildred Giddings Burrage (1890-1983) and Madeleine Burrage (1891-1976) were renowned artists and world travelers. Mildred's experiences studying painting in Paris and Italy, and the sisters' trips to Mexico and Guatemala inspired their artwork and shared passions for cosmopolitan and stylish attire. Housed at Maine Historical Society, The Burrage Papers include selections of original advertising drawings called "line sheets" from Parisian fashion houses dating from 1928 to 1936. Images of Madeleine's gemstone jewelry and Mildred's artwork accompany intimate family photographs of the sisters.