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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Dressing for Winter

The Norwegians say, "There is no bad weather, only bad clothing."

With six weeks left of winter (thanks Mr. Groundhog!), I thought it'd be fun to share photos of how folks dressed in winter's past (some more fashionably than others).

This photo of Bess Bower Dunn was taken in Waukegan about 1899. Bess is dressed in active wear that's actually a bit suffragette for the day—a cozy, and mis-buttoned cardigan sweater, bloomers, boots and hat. Women who did not wear skirts were considered highly suspicious and often criticized.

"Bloomers" were named for Amelia J. Bloomer, a prominent 19th century, women's rights advocate, who wore them.

Here's Bess Dunn years later, wearing a long skirt, heavy coat, fur stole and hat. The fur is most likely mink.

(LCDM Bess Dunn Collection)

Diamond Lake School boys out for a day in the snow, near today's Countryside Lake, 1908.

(LCDM 91.17.5)

More winter sports fun this time with members of the Women's Army Corps, Ann Bertsos and Polly Wassen of Company A. The WACS are skating on the ice rink at the east end of the Parade Grounds at Fort Sheridan, circa 1944. (LCDM 92.24.571)

Of course, the reality of winter is that someone's got to clear the snow! The Fort Sheridan snow removal crew is pictured here on February 8, 1967.

Standing on machine: Private Thomas Brinker, Corporal Larry Treplow, Private Wayne Wright, Frank Beglanda, John Sumiset, W.L. Jackson, and Dan Clements. Front row from left: Road and Ground Supervisor Joe Kanke,Bill Rose, R.C. Williams, Randy Pracht, Anthony G. Quin Jr., Bennie W. Zoss, Gene Swisher, Rosevelt Thomas, Mario Caraffi, Milton Harrison, Abraham Gonalez, and Bob Broveak.

1 comment:

Nicki said...

The young Miss Dunn looks quite stylish in those knee-high boots, which are popular this winter!