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Collection Tier:
Tier 2

Clothing and Accessories
Women's Clothing ➔ Evening Dress

Identifier:
130146
Description:
This black dress is made of silk and has a cream-colored lace overlay. The sleeves are unlined and there is a black silk sash around the waist that displays three wooden buttons. Features that are indicative of the 1920s are the tubular silhouette, the dropped waist, and the short hem. 
Date:
circa 1925
Materials:
Silk, Lace, Wood Buttons
Current Location Status:
In Storage
Source:
Gift Of Esther Booth
Maker/Donor
Esther Irene Booth
Esther Irene Booth of Grand Rapids was a member of the founding family of Booth Newspapers. She was a niece of the late George Booth, founder of the newspaper group. Her father, the late Edmund Booth, was editor of the Grand Rapids Press and an officer of Booth Newspapers. For seven years during the Depression, Miss Booth was acting director of the Grand Rapids Art Gallery [now the Grand Rapids Art Museum]. She worked in the Red Cross in France during World War One. In World War II, she was chairman of the Red Cross citywide sewing center project in Grand Rapids. She also worked in the Veterans Hospital in Kalamazoo. Miss Booth was an honorary life trustee of Kent County Club. 

Source:  Obituary for Esther Booth, The Grand Rapids Press, July 12, 1984, page 6.

Related Place
Grand Rapids
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