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Wedding dresses of old

STUHR COLLECTION: Residents of Stone Hearth Estates and others got a peek at dresses worn for weddings from the 1840s to the 1960s Thursday. Kay Cynova, director of historical interpretation at Stuhr Museum in Grand Island, brought the dresses and told about each one. What made the presentation even more interesting was that Cynova researched the brides that wore the gowns. Right, she shows off a black silk tafetta dress worn by a woman married in 1847. Typical of the style at the time, Cynova said the bride wore a hoop underneath the dress or several petticoats. Left, this brown wool serge frock, worn by a bride in 1883, includes a bustle. It was thought that the combination of a tight bodice and a full skirt with bustle and drapery would enhance the look of a tiny waist. Most wedding dresses were made over many times to accommodate other brides in the family.

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