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Mirror Mirror on the Wall: 1957

Mirror Mirror on the Wall: 1957

One of my favorite toddler games was playing that the mirror across from my mother’s bed was a television screen. Usually I would jump on the bed and watch myself “on TV” jumping. In this case I seem to be standing on her dresser in my socks without my shoes. But the game is the same, watch yourself on this pretend television set.

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Yes, my mother did indeed design and sew that dress for me. She took a picture of me first discovering it, which appears in frame 22278.
As for the very unaesthetic underpants, I am not sure that is underwear. If you look at the center child in picture 22793 you see me wearing a similar droopy garment, only that one is more styled.
My best guess is that those are light colored shorts she made, in order not to have my underpants constantly show.
Because the picture is black and white, we can't tell what color they are. They may be a part of that outfit she designed, and match the top of that dress.
At that age, though I would have put on my clothes, I would not have gotten dressed entirely on my own. A three year old would not have known to find matching shorts for that dress. But the mother who made it, would have.


Such a cute dress, in the dirndl style, no doubt sewed by your mother. But what intrigues me is the underwear, much longer in the leg than any I had, and not likely a diaper.

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