The Fabulous Aunt Millie and Her Fashions
Every year, I spend the month of August digitizing our family archives, and then, when I have worked hard for a month, I reward myself with Aunt Millie’s photographs!
Millie lived in Juneau, Alaska, for most of her life. Her photos are curled and crinkled from sitting out in hot garages. They have been pulled off their photo album pages after going through a flood, so all the pictures that were originally grouped together were just randomly tossed in a box. There are hardly any captions or dates. But Millie’s personality sparkles through them, and I love to look at her fashion creations and make guesses about her adventures.
I have scanned over 500 of her photos, and I bet I have 400 more to go. Once I realized that she posed in the same location many times, I was hoping I would be able to consult fashion history books to figure out what year these were taken, but I have not been able to do that. I do think they are all very late 1920s, and early 1930s. Here I arranged them by season.
Besides the photos, I also have boxes of the buttons and ribbons that Millie bought, right up into the 1980s (with her labeled receipts!), so I think she probably made a lot of these outfits herself. She was a tiny woman and I think she chose great fabrics and designs to suit her height. I love how she expressed so many facets of her personality in her fashions, and I think she would be happy to be sharing them with all of you!
Wonderful pictures. Thank you for sharing. I would love more details about Aunt Millie!
What fun to see these photos! She must’ve been quite talented with needle and thread to make all of those pieces. Someday I need to do this with all the photos I have, such a great idea!
It is quite the undertaking to go through all those photos, but so much fun! Maybe someday you will have a break in all of your on-going projects, QALs, blog hops, etc.! 🙂
I’m here by way of Joanna/snarky quilter and have enjoyed the photos and history you have share recently. How fun it would be to talk to your Aunt about her fashions! Thanks for sharing.
Yay! I am glad you dropped by and that you like the photos. I did meet Millie a couple of times at large family gatherings back in the 1980s — I really wish I had been able to sit with her and go through her albums with her then! 🙂
What fun! Aunt Millie was what Mother would have called “a clothes horse” 😁
When you lived in Juneau in the ’20s and ’30s, you had to find something to do! 🙂
Her making these outfits would certainly grant a gob of photos taken in the same place each time. Love her wardrobe!
Yes, I would happily wear most of those clothes myself!
Besides the joy of the clothes, I had fun looking at the small changes in the background of the photos. From the position of blinds/curtains on windows of the house on the right I can see which photos were taken on the same day. What a shame there’s been so much damage to the photos.
Boy, I didn’t think of that! I looked at the shape of the snow on the sidewalk, but not the blinds. I will have to go back and look again.
She was fabulous! I enjoying looking at the photos of her different outfits – she was very stylish!
Thanks, Tierney! I was happy to bring back a little of that stylish era. 🙂
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Thank you, Chris
Thank you, Chris!
You’re welcome.. loved the costumes.
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