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 91 
 on: February 18, 2017, 10:02:57 PM 
Started by EKorsmo - Last post by EKorsmo
Ahoy, westerners!  There will be a small living history symposium at Fort Steilacoom in Lakewood, WA on Sunday March 26, from 1-4pm.  The time period is approximately 1851-1866; speakers will be presenting on:

*Photography
*Dining
*Food Preservation
*Period Leavening Options
*Etiquette
*Hobby Gardening.


 92 
 on: February 18, 2017, 01:01:11 PM 
Started by Mrs.HRay - Last post by Jessamyn
Oh, yes, I didn't mean to say a mid-century sunbonnet couldn't have ruffles. It was more that the ruffle on ruffle on ruffle struck me as not typical of 1860s aesthetics.

 93 
 on: February 18, 2017, 12:58:55 PM 
Started by Elaine Kessinger - Last post by Jessamyn
Damn, I am really sorry to hear that. I really enjoyed our exchanges here. He was not only knowledgeable, but his personality came alive from his writing.

 94 
 on: February 17, 2017, 06:05:26 PM 
Started by Elaine Kessinger - Last post by Elizabeth
I know many newer folks won't know why they ought to be mournful at Mr Trent's passing, but trust me: he and Mrs Trent are responsible for a tremendous amount of the forward progress in history-heavy citizen research and application, and he will be missed. A Lot.

Linda, if you happen to log on to read---much love and affection from my corner of the world.

 95 
 on: February 17, 2017, 06:02:39 PM 
Started by Elaine Kessinger - Last post by Paula
I too am sorry to hear this.

 96 
 on: February 17, 2017, 04:55:33 PM 
Started by Elaine Kessinger - Last post by EKorsmo
So sorry to hear it.

 97 
 on: February 17, 2017, 11:23:02 AM 
Started by Elaine Kessinger - Last post by Elaine Kessinger
Not sure where we want something like this, but...

Mr. Comer reports the passing of Hank Trent, this morning around 1:30am, after a long sufferance with cancer.

To Mrs. Trent, sincere condolences. Mr. Trent contributed so very much to the hobby in so many ways and will be missed.

 98 
 on: February 16, 2017, 07:33:50 PM 
Started by Mrs.HRay - Last post by Elizabeth
There are some more securely-dated, lower-fullness sunbonnets (that would lean me toward 50s 60s) that have the depth of curtain, and the little frill, and the narrow-hemmed front ties, though. I agree with you on the high placement of the fullness in the back.

 99 
 on: February 16, 2017, 12:25:59 PM 
Started by Mrs.HRay - Last post by Jessamyn
After taking a better look, I'm dubious about the dating on this one.


American, c. 1860

That high puff in the back is more in line with 1830s and 1890s examples (as are the fussy ruffles all over) . I'd like to see it from the back, but unfortunately that's the only view. I'd be cautious about using it as a basis for a repro absent securely dated similar examples.

 100 
 on: February 15, 2017, 07:41:10 PM 
Started by Mrs.HRay - Last post by Mrs.HRay
Thank you EKorsmo for those pictures, those are lovely! I was hoping to use the compendium's sunbonnet instructions and replace slats with cording (as was suggested on a couple of other threads) but the brim sticking out farther than the curtain is very nice as well.

Jessamyn, I have but two shades: pale and lobster, even with my current slatbonnet, sunscreen is a must! (The smell of coconut is completely period correct right!?!)

Thank you for pointing that out Robin, I had not considered extra glare from a lighter fabric.  I love the blue and white color combination, it reminds me of the ocean and the beach 😀!  If I can find a light blue in a pretty design I might have to copy that!

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