34 - Playing Dress Up

posted May 17, 2016, 3:17 PM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library   [ updated May 17, 2016, 3:17 PM ]
One of the “fun” elements of any Centennial celebration is dressing up as they did in the past.  Can’t say I remember many of the boys having to wear “pioneer” clothing, but the girls, now that was a different matter.  The fashion trends of the late 1960s had hemlines slowly crawling higher above the knee, colors were brighter, and hairdos shorter.  

But in the 1860s the fashion called for long, long skirts, bonnets, and aprons.  Just pop “Gone With The Wind” into your VHS or DVD player to see what I mean.  Needless to say, it was easy to find patterns for female clothing.  And almost every girl who took Home Economics class made at least one outfit to wear for the Centennial.  If you didn’t make one yourself, you could be sure there was someone in your family who would be glad to make one for you.

And heaven forbid if you wore make-up!  Females over a certain age had to buy and wear a cosmetic permit if they wanted to wear makeup.  And I do believe that those pins flew out of the boxes.

For the men, however, this was an excuse NOT to shave.  Oh, they could buy a shaving permit pin and some did, but a built in excuse not to shave their face daily….

 Of course offenders who lacked the proper permit had to be dealt with severely, and so a jail was constructed just for that purpose by John Budka.  

(Correction - Betty Steffel is on the left, Lorraine Boilini is on the right.)