Reception gown, Jane E. Turner, New York, 1877. Two-piece dress of claret-colored velvet and taffeta with bustle and train. Self-covered buttons at center front with detail embroidery. Asymmetrically trimmed with draped swags, knotted cotton fringe and self-fabric bows. Hand- and machine-sewn. Miss Turner charged the client $128.33 for the dress, which she wore at a White House reception. Minnesota Historical Society
At the entrance to the Oxford Arms the Society for Photographing the Relics of Old London was set up to save the Oxford Arms, yet it failed in the endeavour, preserving only this photographic record.>> One of a collection of wonderful early photographs of the Capital.
Day dress, Spettel Sisters, Saint Paul, MN, ca. 1907-11. One-piece gray dotted cotton with gray satin trim. Standing lace collar, full-length sleeves with lace below elbow, natural waist. Separate underskirt is brown polished cotton with a flounce of gray satin. Minnesota Historical Society
Day dress, Mary Worley, St. Paul, MN (attr.), ca. 1875. Blue & teal silk taffeta in one piece. Apron-draped bodice with center front self-button closure, Sleeves are full length, two-piece coat sleeves with box pleated cuffs. Hem of bodice apron is Van Dyked (dagged). Minnesota Historical Society
Portraits of new arrivals were used as a marker of a child's progress in the Society. Case studies of some children appeared in the newsletter 'Our Waifs and Strays' describing how they had been transformed from a 'potential street loafer' into a productive member of society. These studies were often illustrated with 'before and after' photographs, contrasting their ragged past with their new-found respectability.