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The Wedding Bower: 1905

The Wedding Bower: 1905

Detroit circa 1905. "Wedding decorations at Hotel Cadillac." An interesting mix of funereal and festive. Detroit Publishing glass negative. View full size.

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If you google "floral chuppah", you'll see a lot of things that look like this. Small Jewish wedding, maybe, where they couldn't afford to get it outside?

Is that the matrimonial bed?

Not only are the decoration pretty creepy, but the "bed" is seriously lacking. That is if that white square on the floor is where the newlyweds are supposed to consummate the wedding? From looking at the dresser and estimating the size of people it doesn't appear big enough for two to sleep comfortably, much less for any romping around. But maybe they didn't "romp" back in 1905?

[It's neither. This is a set-up for a wedding reception. The stage conceivably served several purposes: a setting for formal photographic portraits of the couple and/or wedding party; a dais for the couple while receiving toasts or speaking; possibly a place to greet guests in the receiving line. The "dresser" is a sideboard which appears ready to be stocked with refreshments. - tterrace]

Wedding? Funeral?

Is there a difference?


Seems quite appropriate for Addams Family nuptials.

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