I went to my Cunningham Family Reunion this weekend. Our 121st gathering. We have gathered at the same beautiful, tree-covered land near Comanche, TX for all those years. AS always, I find myself wondering what on earth the women of the many years past wore to this event. The temperature usually hovers around 98 degrees! My Mom has said that in the 1950’s her Dad made them wear dresses and petticoats (though with 3 girls plus Grandma in the car there was a “1 petticoat only” rule!)
The above photo is of the first Cunningham Reunion in 1889.
In this photo, my Great, great, great, great Grandmother, Susannah Cunningham, is center front. As a woman who had given birth 11 times and could shoot a gun and shell peas at the same time… I would imagine her list of fashion “must-haves” were functional and practical, but I have seen several photos of her and she usually had on a bit of lace and/or a piece of jewelry. Even in the most pioneer of times, the woman could pull off a nice photo-ready look! Love that!!
In this photo, Susie looks very nice in what I’m sure is her nicest dress and fanciest apron – note the cute fringe! Her dress seems to have fancy collar and cuffs and I see a pin at her neckline. I think she looks lovely.
121 years from now I wonder what my ancestors will think of the washed denim capri pants, purple cotton knit shirt and flip-flops that I chose to wear!?