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Long Family Dress – Educational Display

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Sallie America Long, R. A. Long, Loula Long, and Ella Long in a family portrait from the 1890s
Sallie America Long, R. A. Long, Loula Long, and Ella Long in a family portrait from the 1890s – the same time period as the dress on display.

Which of the Long ladies in this photo (circa 1895) wore this dress?  Was it Loula – about 15 years old then – or her older sister Sallie? Or, did Ella Long, their mother, wear it?  We don’t know for sure.  We do know that it must have held precious memories because Loula Long Combs saved it among her possessions for over 70 years.  When she died in 1971 there was a big estate sale, allowing average people a chance to purchase a piece of Longview Farm history.  A lady by the name of Daisy Lamb wanted to do just that.  She saved up her money and attended the special sale.  She only had enough to buy one thing.  Among the racks and racks of clothes, and the tables full of other items, she chose this  dress.  Years later, it changed hands again.  Eventually, it was purchased by the R. A. Long Historical Society for the purpose of sharing it with the public.

Display courtesy of:

Diane Quattrocchi
          – Board Member of R. A. Long Historical Society
            
www.ralonghistoricalsociety.org

and

Bonnie Hansen
          – Fashion Historian
             Vintage Nouveau – Fashions From the Past
             
www.fashionsfromthepast.com

Preparing the Long family dress for display at Longview Farm Elementary School
Fashion historian Bonnie Hansen steaming and preparing the Long family dress for display at Longview Farm Elementary School.  The display coincides with Loula Long Combs 130th birthday celebration at the school in 2011.

Long family dress on display at Longview Farm Elementary School.
Long family dress on display at
Longview Farm Elementary School.

The children of Longview Farm Elementary School look on
The children of Longview Farm Elementary School look on as fashion historian Bonnie Hansen prepares the dress for display.

Children and teachers from Longview Farm Elementary line up
Children and teachers from Longview Farm Elementary line up to view the dress as fashion historian Bonnie Hansen steams and prepares it for display.

The Long family dress is carefully displayed on a sturdy dress form with acid free padding
The Long family dress is carefully displayed on a sturdy dress form with acid free padding and plenty of support for the fragile fabric, now more than a century old.
Detail of the bodice – Long family dress circa 1890s.
Detail of the bodice – Long family dress circa 1890s.
Fashion historian Bonnie Hansen poses in front of the finished display case
Fashion historian Bonnie Hansen poses in front of the finished display case at Longview Farm Elementary School.
The display honors Loula Long Combs’ 130th birthday.
Diane Quattrocchi and Lori Strong helped to make this educational display possible.
Diane Quattrocchi and Lori Strong, of the R. A. Long Historical Society helped to make this educational display possible.

 

 

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