In 1890, Bertha Supnick married in a practical bridal gown, a colored dress she could wear after her wedding. Although she wed in the wealthy winter resort of Pasadena, California, Bertha was a member of the working class and would later be employed at Pasadena Steam Laundry. Born in Germany, she married a fellow immigrant, Andrew Hansen of Denmark.
|Historians call this a "best dress" wedding gown.|
|Susie Markham's pleated silk chiffon gown|
|Close-up view of Susie Markham's gown with faux pearls and fancywork|
|Joshua and Jennie Giddings on the 50th wedding anniversary|
|Blanche Giddings' graduation portrait|
|Blanche's graduation and wedding dress|
|Blanche Gidding's wedding reception, outdoors on the family farm|
|Blanche Giddings' wedding party and guests|
I Do, I Do, Pasadena Ties the Knot 1850 – 1950,” at the Pasadena Museum of History, features 42 wedding gowns and closes on July 14. The museum’s 1906 Fenyes Mansion is open to the public.
bridal gowns from the Gilded Age on Pamela Tartaglio’s blog, Past and Present with Pamela. Upcoming posts will feature more wedding dresses from the exhibit, from beaded flapper dresses of the Roaring Twenties to streamlined silk dresses of the 1930s. Pamela is a volunteer at the Pasadena Museum of History as well as 2013 Past President of Women Writing the West and Chair of its WILLA Literary Awards.