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This photograph of an unidentified bride was taken by J.E. Purdey of Boston, Massachusetts c.1920. Before the 20th century, it was rare for a woman to wear a formal white wedding gown. The custom of making or purchasing a dress to be worn on only one occasion was not a familiar one in the 17th to 19th centuries. Most wedding attire of these earlier centuries was a colorful silk dress of green or brown, perhaps, that could then be worn as her best dress throughout the life of the bride. This is a formal portrait, posed in a studio. The hairstyle and headpiece were stylish in the 1920s.


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photographer   J. E. Purdey
date   c. 1920
height   5.75"
width   3.75"
height   10.25"
width   6.87"
process/materials   paper print
item type   Photograph/Photograph
accession #   #1996.12.2851

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