M3 2008-007-0001b. WHC.
It’s form-fitting appearance matches the style of the 1900s, but the bright blue color and added plaid does not. Is it possible that this outfit was a costume of some sort? Granted, I could be wrong. Due to a lack of archival clues, we do not know if this was, in fact, a normal day to day outfit Mrs. Judson would wear, thus adding a new level of complexity to the style of the 1900s. Or if this could have been a costume for a celebration Mrs. Judson took part in. Considering that this clothing set was donated long after Mrs. Judson’s passing, it is very doubtful that we will learn anything further on these pieces. Without any knowledge of the purpose or time period of this outfit, its only historical significance at this point is its tie to Revered David Leslie and Robert French. For now, we can only speculate.
For those, like me, who have jerseys or t-shirts in old storage tubs, consider writing an explanation (purpose) and date for each clothing article and include it in the tub. Consider doing it for your parents and/or grandparents boxes of clothing as well, or other objects too. By writing all this information down now, in the future, researchers and archivists won’t have to guess, they will know, and your contributions will help develop and define a better understanding of the time period in which you grew up.
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