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From many years ago as member in 4-H and FHA clubs, my love grew for Home Economics-arts and teaching.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

1800s fashions

photos taken at Buffalo Bill Museum in LeClaire, Iowa


Students will be able to describe, apply, and analyze differences in clothing and fashion accessories of the 2000s to the 1800s.

What did great-great grandma wear? What choices were available? Was there a wide range in fabrics, trimmings, buttons, etc.?

dresses with 2 christening gowns framed up above
fur coats
on the left above: hats, hair clips, handbags; on bottom right above: glove, watches, jewelry; and then upper right case above: "shirtwaists"/blouses
above is close-up of some of the beaded handbags/"reticules" that adult women would have carried to the theater, a ballroom, or other cultural high society functions. These would not have been used for every day use to go to the general store or even most churches. They would be too ostentatious for more practical daily use.
These items are on displayed in the fashion section in the north end of the Buffalo Bill Museum. LeClaire, Iowa is about 1 mile north of I-80 at the Mississippi River bridge. LeClaire is part of the Quad Cities metro area that lies on both side of Mississippi River with Rock Island and Moline for Illinois and Davenport and Bettendorf for Iowa.

1800s home making advances and technology

photos taken @ Buffalo Bill Museum in LeClaire, Iowa


Students will be able to describe, apply and analyze differences between home-making in 2000s versus 1800s.

What did laundry care machinery look like in the 1800s? Was it even available? Soaps? Detergents? Irons? Ironing boards? Washers? Dryers?

wringers, washboards, tumblers
What did typical furniture and accessories look like in the mid-1800s?
Buffalo Bill Museum's focus is on William Cody's famous frontiersman showmanship career but also the life and times in Iowa and along the Mississippi River within the Quad Cities area. The museum staff also have displays on Native American culture including arrowheads, cradleboards, tribal leaders, and so on. It is well worth the admittance fee to visit. The museum is located in downtown LeClaire and sits parallel to the Mississippi River. Located within the south section is an actual steamer, Lone Star, that operated for many years on the Mississippi River system. Tucked in a corner is a 1939 Craft Cruiser on display. So many artifacts to examine from the 1800s and 1900s within this 1 museum!!!!