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!