Bling!: Gorgeous Gowns and Dazzling Dresses :
Object Name:
Dress
Object ID:
2539-83
Date:
1905
Year Range from:
1900
Year Range to:
1907
Owned:
Follett, Blanche McCammant
Used:
Oshkosh
Made:
Emma & Marie Weille/Paris
Description:
Large-size dress of black silk, black lace and white lace. The "pouter pigeon" shaped bodice has a stand-up collar of white lace, white lace in a panel extends from the collar and should tops to down the center front to the waistline, black silk edged with black lace form the bodice sides and back, all are lined with a thin white silk. Black lace sleeves have a white lace underlining attached lace cuffs that end at the wrist. The skirt has a black lace panel that runs down the center front with a white silk underskirt, black silk is used on the sides and slightly trained back of the skirt. Label in dress: Emma & Marie Weille/Robes & Manteaux/
18 Arenne de l'Opera Paris

Dress worn by Blanche McCammant Follett (1857-1952). Blanch was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on March 30, 1857, but later moved to Oshkosh, WI. She married Frank Follett in 1880 in Oshkosh, WI. Census records show that Frank was a lumberman's clerk and age 32 when he married Blanche. Interestingly Frank's sister, Helen, is listed in 1880 as being a dressmaker.
Blanche became quite a club and society lady. A sampling of articles in the Oshkosh Northwestern show her as: 1902 president of the Current Topics Club; 1919 once of the first of 4 women to be on the Oshkosh School Board; 1920 part of reception committee for board of the education and public school instructors gathering; 1924 attended a Mah-Jongg party given by Mr. and Mrs. Louis Schriber and Mr. and Mrs. R.C. Brown, Jr. where she brought along to show her collection of Chinese articles; 1932 first contributor (as a board member of) the Oshkosh welfare drive.


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