Sepia Saturday

Sepia Saturday

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Hats and shoes.............


Following the theme of the past I will share the different members of my family covering their heads or maybe their feet.  My grandmother Mabel Wheeler Brown Brooks is posing for her picture in her wedding dress and hat. It is the year 1913. I actually have both items stored in a box in my upstairs room.


Out at my great grandpa Wheeler's farm stands four women with great fashion.  My mom has the fur coat and hat with fashionable shoes. Her younger first cousin Eva Wheeler White is not so dressed up with her stockings and everyday shoes. The woman hiding in back is Leila Wheeler Witt. A friend of my mom's on the right wears a stylish hat and sensible shoes.  I don't think that is a feather in her hat but some part of a background post or tree. I am guess the time period is the late 1930's.


My mom steps out in her fashions of the past with the stripes on her dress and also on her socks. The shoes are partially hidden but her hat is clearly in sight.  My uncle Marvin with his wife stand behind her with his straw hat. The two children are half cousins to my mom. I also believe this was taken in the 1930's.


Practical shoes for a teacher of a country school are shown with the children of the school.  It is out on the prairie with parents in the background looking on at the camera. My mom taught school from 1938 to 1940's.

Hats and coats are great to wear in the winter in Iowa.  The Charles Burgus clan are visiting an in law family of one of their daughters Ruby Burgus Henderson.  My grandmother Grace Burgus is the one with the gray hair and no hat. Her daughter Amy stands to her front left and my Grandfather Burgus stands the next one over in  the lineup with his dark hat and tie. The rest of the people would be a guess for me as to who they are. The hats do vary as well as the styles of coats. The picture was taken in area on a farm south of Murray, Iowa.

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13 comments:

Terry said...

Great photos! I remember the '50's hats my mother wore to church on Sundays. I'm guessing she still has them stored somewhere.
Terry

Wendy said...

Saddle shoes and a hat -- now that's a look!! These are great pictures and I enjoyed looking at all the styles of clothes.

Titania said...

Hi Larry, It was a pleasure to meet some of your family. You Mom is very stylish dressed. The pictures are so similar to mine from my family, it was this sort of style of photography. Your grandmother looks like a true Matriarch, no?

Bob Scotney said...

Interesting to see how styles change. I was quite sure that was a feather in the ladies hat until I read what you have said.

barbara and nancy said...

I'd like to think that's really a feather sticking out of that hat. It's so dashing.

Amazing that you still have Mabel's hat and dress. What treasures.

whowerethey said...

We used to play dress up with my mom's old Sunday hats, all sorts with netting and fake flowers. Such fun!

Karen S. said...

...and all those sensible socks too! What a lovely family! Great photos to treasure!

Jo said...

Great photos, Larry, and how wonderful to have your grandmother's wedding dress and hat :-)

Little Nell said...

Larry these are lovely. Your Grandmother has such a pretty face, and I love Mom's stripey socks.

Southwest Arkie said...

Great photos and how very lucky you are to have your mom's wedding dress and hat- what treasures!

L. D. Burgus said...

Actually it is my grandmom's wedding dress. I don't think my mom had an official wedding dress.

Crystal Mary said...

Wonderful photos and commentary as usual Larry. BUT, I love the top pic of your grandmother the best..she is very beautiful!!! She would never imagine that almost 100yrs later, her photo would be admired from across the world. I love your respect and loyalty for your loved ones.

Crystal Mary said...

Hey Larry. I pray your Easter was a blessed one....You love history so I know Easter is a blessing to you also. Hugs OOOOO