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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

Ruffles and Flourishes: 1906

Ruffles and Flourishes: 1906

New York, 1906. "The Gerson sisters in costume for the Crinoline Ball." Our third from this series of photographs by Gertrude Käsebier. View full size.

 

Got cake?

These dresses evoke wedding cake. Yum!

Leave it to the Times

That New York Times story is excellent, full of humor and history concerning this apparently historical night. Thanks, Jules!

Background check

All the high society and excitement and New York Times and look at the photographic background! Chipped, nicked, and worn!

Colours

According to the New York Times, Minerva was in lavender, while her sister was in white.

Anachronistic?

Do any dress historians out there know if these are old-fashioned looking for 1906, perhaps deliberately? They look more typical of the Civil War era to me.

[The Crinoline Ball was, as the caption suggests, a costume party. See the comment to this previous Shorpy entry.]

Well the dresses are pretty

I cannot image the (wo)man hours used in creating those dresses. No doubt they were at least partially handmade, with all the details. Simply gorgeous. The dresses I mean.

 
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