52 Ancestors: Heirloom


I was looking at old pictures, and came across a picture of my maternal grandma, Pauline Gall. For her senior picture, she had a lovely picture taken, and we still have the dress.

Pauline Gall high school graduation 1934?
Pauline Gall’s senior picture, circa 1934.

I posted this photo to my Instagram page, where it was reposted by SaveFamilyPhotos. It received many comments, and some suggestions on how to display the dress. (Also, many  comments about how my grandma looks like Kirsten Dunst).

Pauline Gall’s dress.

Some suggested cutting the dress up (nope, it is in great condition, and frankly I could see one of my nieces taking photos or getting married in it some day). Some suggested donating it (but I would like to hold onto it). Two suggestions remain: displaying it on a dress form, or putting it into a shadow box, both of which I am considering.

Close up.

The dress is blush in color, and has a pink sash. The detail is eyelets and embroidery. The dress itself is sheer; a slip would have been worn. It’s in great condition for being over 80 years old!

Such great detail.

Now to figure out how to display it, and not put it back in the truck it came from! If anyone has any ideas or tips on how to display such a piece, please let me know!

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