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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Wedding 1947

Wedding 1947

Darrol and Betty Hackney getting married in Wichita, Kansas, in 1947. Darrol and Betty are in the group photo "School Days" as children. Betty said she almost called off the wedding because Darrol was an hour late for the rehearsal, he had been playing softball.

Classic 1940s wedding dress

I am challenged to find a 1940s wedding dress that did not have long sleeves regardless of the season or locale of wedding. My Dad also wore a pinstripe suit for his wedding in 1942: a great, classic look.

 
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