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Subject: Re: [ABERDEEN] 19th Century Dress... and a bit off subject
Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2006 14:32:38 +0000 (GMT)
What a wonderful find. Not many can say they have even seen a wedding dress from 1872 ! !I am sure many people at the museum will enjoy viewing it.
Been having a few thoughts on some of the recent listings.
The more I do my research the closer I feel to the many generations who came before me in my own family history.Small things take on great significance.A ring, a letter, a dress. And the more I learn the more interested in their lives and day to day existence I become.I am sure that is why genealogy is so addictive. We who do it are learning so much all the time, about History,Geography, Dress, The Law, oh my goodness the list goes on and on.It's not just about BMDs.Its about why and where and what happened in between.
Isn't it sad that people really don't appreciate things till they are gone.
I wish I had asked my realtives more when they were alive too. I only remember bits of what they said now.Don't wait till the they are all gone like I did. Go visit them now and start asking them questions. Old folks love to remiminise . I am sure they will enjoy it as much as you.And you will have been given some family anecdotes which would otherwise have been lost to time, just like the wedding dress might have been.
Oh dear. Before I get too maudlin.........
wrote: My husband's Aunt Margaret YOUNG (age 84) died less than a month ago.
When going through her things, we found a wedding dress in a tiny little
cedar chest that nobody knew existed. There was also a christening gown of
unknown origin. This was Aunt Margaret's grandmother's wedding dress from 1872.
We have the wedding picture to prove it.
What a find!!
A little background, the YOUNGs were some of the first settlers in Fillmore
County, MN, USA in the 1850s. They immigrated from Dunfermline at that time.
They were Angus cattle farmers. The family farm is still in existence
Anyhow, the YOUNGs were somewhat "well to do" by Minnesota standards.
This dress was very interesting to study. It had no stays. The stitches
were very precise. You could tell that this wedding dress was worn for other
things. The seams had been taken out several times. It was not white, but a
very pretty brownish lavender. You could tell that the collar was "store
bought" lace and not hand made. It had folded silk pleats about the bodice in
blue and a full skirt. It was cinched at the waist. There were dozens of
silk covered blue buttons that started at the shoulder and ran down diagonally
to the waist. I was amazed at the preciseness of the buttonholes. We also
found the petticoat.
I sat and studied this dress for several hours. It was like going back in
time. I feel so lucky to have been able to see such a piece of history up
We are donating the dress to a local museum. Who wants to be responsible
for ruining a piece of history? The entire family agrees that care for this
dress is better left to experts and future generations to enjoy.
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