Sunday, June 10, 2012

Weddings 1910



A 1910 Wedding Spread from the Pictorial Review.


Edith Nicholson of Diary of a Confirmed Spinster loses her 'great love' in a Cornwall Hotel Fire in 1910 and never marries. They were not engaged, but they had 'an understanding'.

If she saw this spread, it would have made her more depressed I guess.

"The bridal gown down is of a dull finished satin with a yoke and collar of princess lace. Strips of the lace insertion are put together with bands of the dress satin to make the sleeves. and the portions of the dress over the shoulder that are revealed when the satin is cut away. The front of the dress is a panel style and the circular back gore has a straight paneled flounce attached, the flounce being cut with an 18 ounce train, but it is also perforated for round length. The circular back gore of the skirt is slightly gathered, and satin bands head the flounce where it is joined to the back gore in the fashionable banded effect.  The dress is supplied with a guimpe pattern, which includes the sectioanl 3/4 length sleeve and to which the lace yoke and collar are supplied.

(3rd coat) A handsome coat that is suitable for afternoon or evening is of black wool back satin trimmed with bands of Persian silk.  The coat is of the Japanese type, with body and sleeve in one.

(1th item)The dainty lounging robe is made of checked batiste , having an embroidered pink dot in the squares. The collar is of open-work embroidered swiss, outlined with a valenciennes lace ruffle, narrow lace of the same kind used on the sleeve.

(4th item) A handsome coat that is suitable for afternoon or evening is of black wool back satin trimmed with bands of Persian silk. It is suggested that cashmere ribbon or velvet be used for trimming. The coat is of the Japanese type, with body and sleeve as one.

So Edith Nicholson never married, but her sister Marion did.Biology and Ambition. I have no pictures of the wedding, just an invoice for the material and items purchased. See bottom picture.

Here's a letter where Edith Nicholson describes a Richmond Quebec wedding 1912.


Edith to Margaret


Tighsolas, November 14

Dear Mother,


I have just returned from Mrs. Mellie's wedding reception. It was very grand indeed. She looked lovely, really pretty (Underlined). Her dress was ninon over white satin. All draped and caught with white rose beads of satin and she carried a bunch of pink roses. She wore Mellie's present, a bracelet. Mrs McKee received with her and looked very nice in a black silk. Said she called here yesterday, was so sorry you were not in. Everybody was remarking how nice she was. In the Dining room Mrs. Sauls poured tea and Mrs Fred McKee coffee. Reggie Penfold cut the ices. Dillon Gradys Carpenter and Minnie Miller were serving. Mrs. Beeker took the guests in and made things lively with her senseless chatter. Mrs. Sauls wore pale yellow satin with large black and white peaches. She is to my mind by far the best cook of them all. Minnie was in pale blue silk muslin. Mrs. Fred in pale blue and large black with black pleats. Reggie in Black. Black hat with pink. Mrs. Buckthal black dress with long train. The house is very cosy and the bride looked so happy. Oh, I forgot, the little Saul girl and Fred McKee opened the door. They were very serious about it: Seemed to feel their importance.

It is quite hard and very disagreeable, but I suppose I must go with Mrs. C to prayer meetings. Today was missionary meeting. I saw Winnie Torrance and Jeanne coming out of the house. I don't know whether they are staying or not. I went with Miss Sparrow to the dress maker to see her dress. It is pale blue crepe de Chine with an over dress of net, very pretty and quite fancy. Now don't forget mine, Would you like me to send you some money? You see I will need something any way for the Eastern Star. No doubt. Have you worn your white.


I can't think of anything else at all interesting. Except that I had Copeland split a few sticks for me yesterday.

Don't hurry home on my account. Love to all write soon.

Your loving Edith.,.




Below Paris Wedding from my Salon de la Mode

And a fashion retro spread from my Marie Claire 1937, showing how much stuff went under a gown in 1900