Friday, January 23, 2015

Molly Brown

We finish up Women Week with this picture of the "Unsinkable" Molly Brown. She was somewhat of a celebrity of the early 1900's as is remembered as one of the survivors of the Titanic disaster.


  1. A fine picture which prompted me to reread her life history. An interesting woman who was the daughter of Irish immigrants.
    -Anne K.

  2. Lovely picture. Fancy dress too! When a friend saw my grandmother's wedding picture, she hemmed and hawed, and asked about my grandmother's "deformity." She'd never seen a picture from that period (1907), when the desired shape was the S-curve. The look, if you could get it, was, as in Molly Brown's case, rather flat chested, with a "pouf" hanging over the waistline. In the back, though it's not visible in this picture, there was a small bustle. This made the S-shape when looked at from the side. I've noticed this in some of your other pictures from the 1905-1910 era. It didn't last long, probably because the corsets required to create the look must have been uncomfortable! My grandmother was married in the middle of July, so even though her dress was light weight cotton (we have it), the undergarments would have been the killer. The embellishments on my grandmother's wedding gown, however sweet, were nothing to the frills and furbelows on Unsinkable Molly Brown' dress. And look at that bare shoulder! You'd never see THAT in a wedding dress of that era, for a Norwegian Lutheran girl marrying in MN! Thanks for the memories from this picture, even though they had nothing to do with the subject of the picture!


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