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Today is election day. Turkish bath house denver And for the first time, a woman is a real contender for President of the United States. Turkish bath house london Whether you support her or not, we can’t deny that this is history in the making, which of course has got quite a lot of us women thinking about our right to vote.

Now, I voted early, a couple weekends ago, and there was no fanfare, not even much of a line. Japanese bath house tokyo In, Vote, Out. Russian bath house groupon Easy.


Russian bath house san francisco ca Today, however, I am seeing many of my historical costuming friends going to the polls with some nod, however small, to the women’s suffrage movement. Russian bath house in nyc Some are wearing gold and purple ribbons or jewelry; some are wearing original, antique “Votes for Women” pins; and some are wearing full historic dress with yellow sashes. Bath house dallas So, of course, even though I already voted, I wanted to show my support-remembrance-respect-pride not for any particular candidate, but for our nearly-and-only 100-year-old “right” to vote.

The nineteenth amendment, that which prohibited any US citizen from being denied the right to vote based on sex (but let’s be real here, we’re talking only white women still), was ratified on August 18, 1920.

Day Dress, c. Village bath house 1920/21 – found on eBay, this dress was marked as plus size, but fits 34 bust / 29 waist perfectly. Turkish bath house kansas city The loose lines of the 1920s can be deceiving.

The dress I am wearing today is an original frock I found on eBay. Quapaw bath house Made of brown silk with rather heavy turquoise and black embroidery, the dress has an interior strong cotton underbodice, and a bajillion hooks and eyes. Turkish bath house seattle It was labeled as “plus size,” but fits my 34-29-38 measurements perfectly, like it was made for me. Russian bath house atlanta I’m proud that today, Election Day, is its first wear.

When I got the dress, I was giddy about the condition and the fit. Russian bath house new jersey I wasn’t sure of the date – late teens? early 20s? – so I leapt down the Research Rabbithole with gusto and found, as if by magic, this dress in Everyday Fashions of the Twenties: As Pictured in Sears and Other Catalogs for the year 1921.

The dress in the illustration does differ – just by looking at it, the motifs are different, the belt is broader, the sleeves taper, the neckline shape is different. Japanese bath houses near me In the description, the differences increase. Bath brew house tripadvisor It says:

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The parts I marked in bold are where the two dresses differ rather greatly. Japanese bath house etiquette Still, the design is almost exactly the same. Turkish bath house orlando It does make me wonder…where did my dress come from? Perhaps a competing catalog retailer? Perhaps it was made by a dressmaker? Maybe it even is a Sears dress (the Dover book is a survey, not a complete catalog), but from a different season, or pictured later or earlier in the same catalog.

Putting on the dress starts with the cotton underbodice. Turkish bath house cincinnati This is a sturdy cotton that hooks closed at center front. Russian bath house southampton pa It is attached at the back and around the armscyes. Bath house california There are additional bars on the left side (here seen on the right) to then hook the front of the silk bodice to.

The skirt has a hook and bar closure on the left side, along with a horizontal hook to keep the waist of the skirt attached to the underbodice.

The inset panel then hook across the underbodice, and the left side of the dress hooks to the panel. My bath house The belt isn’t tied, but snaps together on the left side.

Whatever the origin of this piece, it’s fascinating, rather sturdy, kindof fun to put on (unless you’re in a hurry), and easy to wear. The bath house kirkby lonsdale I’ve not got a hat as befits it (yet), but I badly marceled my hair and have worn black stockings and Gibson shoes, along with a gold, purple, and white ribbon.

Worth it in every way, to pay homage to the women who courageously fought for our right to vote, and who wore their best dresses to the polls this day in 1920.

All put together. Bath house locations Notably, there is no staybelt in this dress. Russian turkish bath house The underbodice is quite fitted but not tight (I don’t think it is too large or too small; just right). The bath house stratford upon avon The rest of the dress is loose, not restricting in any way. Turkish bath house nj Even the belt is loose. L st bath house It’s quite wonderful to wear.

It’s gorgeous! I reckon it may be a Sears, you know how they make several really similar styles, and then they had that Matron or whatever it was called, range of larger sizes that were slightly different in cut and colour to the stock range?

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As of now, I do mainly Civil War era reenacting. Russian bath house dc It is hard to imagine in that particular war time when your husband would have gone off to fight, that the women who took over any particular occupation had no say in any matter. Russian bath house east village I am thankful that our fore-mothers were brave enough to fight for what they felt was deserving. The bath house albuquerque I can only hope that we, the women of the present and future, continue to do the women of the past proud Reply Delete