Friday, April 8, 2011

Women's Costumes



We wrap up Christoval Week with this picture from about 1900. The picture shows a group of women, all wearing costumes. I am not sure what the event was . . .  perhaps a July 4th presentation?

Anyway, I have had a great time looking through these pictures, and hope you have enjoyed them as well.

24 comments:

  1. If it wasn't 1900, I would say they had dressed up for the showing of "Gone With The Wind"

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  2. The pretty little girl in the middle wearing her "Rebel Grey" steals this picture. You can see the pride in her eyes over her Grandfather (or perhaps even her father's)service in the Civil War.
    This photo was taken at a time when young people had a sense of patriotism and thankfullness for those who had come before them...not like kids today who don't even know history.
    In my day we made a big deal out of Memorial Day (they called it Decoration Day then) and Veterans Day. We would all gather in the town square and gather flags and then proceed to the graveyard and place one on each veteran's gravesite. Afterwards there would be a big parade with bands and a picnic. Sure it was fun, but it was always overshadowed by the notion that we also were remembering men who gave their best so that we could be free. Where's that today???
    I was at the graveyard last Memorial Day and there were flag placers taking care of the graves; not one of them looked under 45 years of age!!!!
    Kids today are spoiled and have no sense of appreciation let alone "service" to their country. Most of them would rather let the few good kids go into the military while they sit home in comfort listening to their rap music and driving their brand new sports cars that mom and dad paid for. Darn!!!
    What this country needs is an appreciation for its riches--and I ain't talking about money. Im talking of three very simple things: GOD, A FLAG AND A COUNTRY'S PRIDE.
    Keep up the good work young man, at least I can reminisce when I come to your blog.

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  3. The girl with the palm leaf could mean it was Palm Sunday.

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  4. Very neat picture. I wish I knew what the celebration was. You may have that right PJM when you said it looks like possibly a 4th of July celebration. Looks like there are flag (buntings) in the background. Could be vetrans day or memorial day depicting the different outfits through the years? The woman to the left of the one dressed as a civil war soldier with the palm leaf looks like she is supposed to be the Statute of Liberty. The woman with the bugle looks like she has Revolutionary War period clothes on.

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  5. Mean Old Man, I think you touched on an important point. Spoiled. Genetics aside our kids are a product of their upbringing. If they are spoiled it is the parents that should be blamed. Yes the kids still need to be straightened out but the cause must be corrected as well. Whether we like it or not the parents of these brats are either roughly the same age as us or the same age as our own kids. I was in junior high and high school during the war in Vietnam. I saw friends return to class from summer vacation suddenly morphed into drug-numbed waste products. Where the heck were their parents? Were they blind? Did these classmates ever recover? If so to what degree? Did they raise their kids with the intentions of avoiding their own childhood situations being passed on to their children or did they raise them thinking it was good the be wasted or unruly? Another type of neglectful parent I've seen is the type that is too wrapped up in themselves or their business to actually be a parent. Either way their legacy is a generation loaded with low self-esteem and no respect for others. School boards and government play a part in this as well but the home is key to molding a child.

    John

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  6. Mean old Man,
    I'm not sure what kids you are hanging out with. I also am in my golden years. I raised 10 kids (blended family)and all have education beyond high school. 8 hold jobs while 2 are finishing education. I have been a caregiver of more than 100 foster kids. Most were good kids that needed some support and Direction. all my 15 grandchildren (that are old enough) go to school and are involved in wholesome activities. I am associated with a local scout troop (for the last 37 years) that is sponsered by the LDS church. The scouts put out community flags on holidays, hold several public flag raising ceremonies annually and practice weekly. They are involved with community events on 4th of July, and Memorial Day. Scouts from our group have gone on to become leaders including 2 Bishops in the church and many have given 2 years of their time at their own expense to work as missionaries. Among our alumni there is a Doctor, a police officer, a foreign diplomat, several educators, a Dentist, business owners, Firemen, an engineer, several farmers, several in various medical fields, numerous college grads. Oh, and one served 4 years in prison for his involvement in drugs. I am proud of all of them. I recognize that there are some kids like the ones you describe. I think there are two sides to this coin. I like my side.
    HAT
    ps. PMJ - Love the photos.

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  7. Probably one of your best pictures, PJM. This picture is truely worth a thousand words. There is such rich diversity in the looks and, probably, the personalities of these young ladies that their experiences and attitudes would amaze us.

    Thanks for the wonderful week. Can't wait for Sunday.

    Al

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  8. there seems to be a lot of hatred for todays children by some ""PEOPLE"" but like john said it is how they are raised and if they are turning out wrong it is because of us (the older generation ) all people today are not rude and discurtious likewise not all from previous generations are angels. just because you might have different work ethics it doesnt make you a better person but anyway thanks for the great pictures.
    Todd from N.C

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  9. Todays young people have a rough road ahead of them. Even during the depression most people could still look ahead and see some kind of future but after this country was sold out by the politians with NAFTA and such there are no more manufacturing jobs to speak of. The union bashing bunch will always put the blame on unions but they need to look back in history at the child laborers and the way greedy robber barons did their employes. Look up the mining wars in Trinidad, Colorado on the computer. This is just a small sample of the greed of the owners who in many cases had monopolys. The state of Colorado mowed down these people with machine guns because the state officals were being controled by bribes and favortism. Unions have gotten crooked too but they will never be as bad as these super rich who are still bribing our politians. Out of time; will continue later.

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  10. It looks to me that the girl on the right is wearing her 'modern' dress clothes of the 1920's or early 30's.

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  11. Anon 10:20 you're the first to mention unions one way or the other. The unions served their purpose in the early days of industry. That mission is accomplished. Working conditions are vastly improved. That said, unions now serve to extort those who would build industry risking their own money. They also dictate to union members how to vote. Unions are a controlling force of the democrat party. Their purpose in that is to perpetuate their own power. Independent business owners and self-employed of all types pay the price for their guaranteed benefits and pay raises. The individual union member may not benefit greatly but union leaders lead a comfy existence. We now see the legacy of union leadership it reads... "MADE IN CHINA".

    John

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  12. PJM, if this turns up twice, just delete one.

    That is quite an eclectic assortment of costumes! Everything from American Colonial to the American Civil War, and some stuff I can't even identify. Of course, unless it is a topic that interests you (I am a history teacher) "old fashioned" can mean darned near anything. I once had a woman turn up for a bicentennial "do" in a Gay 90s costume.

    I think the palm branch and scarf may be a peace symbol, rather than Palm Sunday.

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  13. Kayli,
    Thats what I thougt too, that she was dressed modern for the 1920's but PJM said this pic was from around 1900. Either the date is wrong or this woman was way ahead of her time. I checked ladies hat fashions in Sears for 1900 to 1910 and the hat she has on is no where to be found. Lady Anne, I still say she is supposed to be the Statute of Liberty, although it won't be the first time I was wrong and sure won't be the last.

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  14. By the way, my co worker was looking at me a little funny when he saw me checking out Ladies Hat Fashions. I still vote for old time Baseball week LOL.

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  15. I agree regarding the timeframe. The woman front row last on right looks like 1920's. The flag or bunting seen behind her at ankle height appears to be a reverse colors version of the Confederate battle flag. Interesting seeing folks from more than a hundred years ago paying their respects to American history.

    John

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  16. Lovely picture, PJM. It's good to see people enjoying themselves and each other's company.

    Well said, John! To blame the "current generation" is a favourite past-time throughout the ages but it should require a hard look at the preceding generations before a criticism is leveled.


    And bravo, HAT! I like your side of the coin as well.

    And to continue off-topic, no, I'm not USian, I'm Canadian but frankly I think that USians don't give themselves enough credit. Yes, your nation is going through some trying times and things are not their "rosiest" right now BUT I have confidence the USA and its people can apply themselves and get through the current hardship.

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  17. Young Whipper SnapperApril 8, 2011 at 3:04 PM

    I would also love a Baseball theme week. Just wanted to say that I'v been visting this site off and on for at least a year and this seems to be the most active the board has been. Keep up the work PMJ

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  18. What a good picture! I wonder if a good time was had by all involved. Having fun is timeless..

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  19. When I look at photos of so long ago, it evokes pleasant thoughts of a simple life. My dad, 93 yrs old, likes to say, "You'd think simple if you were living back then!" Whatever it was really like, the photos bring a sense of peace in me and I like to think is was quieter and somehow, calmer. I never tire of glimpses of the past.

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  20. I absolutely love this picture! It takes some time to take it all in. I have a theory that it may be election day in Cristoval. Could it be a celebration of women's suffrage?

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  21. Count me in for old baseball pictures. But to give PJM some slack I'd also welcome shots of old timey bluegrass or vintage rodeo and bull riding.

    John

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  22. I would say the photo is from the 1930s by looking at the dress of the 2 women flanking the front row. The woman in the back row with the wire rimmed glasses has a priceless expression.

    I followed along with most of the comments this week and found it amazing the amount of spare time some people have.

    Please keep up this entertaining and educational work.

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  23. As a clue to the age of the photo, I notice that they all seem to be wearing wristwatches. (All of the ones where you can see the left wrist, anyway.) Was that common in 1900? I wouldn't have thought so, but I don't know for sure.

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  24. I may be pointing out the obvious but given the time frame in which the photo was taken (likely 1920's judging by the contemporary styles displayed), ill fit of the garment on the wearer, but overall style of construction, it seems likely that the lady front and center is wearing an actual Confederate officer's uniform left over from the Civil War. They are so few and far between now!

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