Archival Anecdotes: It takes two


January 1, 2024

This stunning duo creates a beautiful contrast with their outfits. The groom wears a double-breasted jacket fully buttoned, slacks and black shoes. His "Hamilton"-style collar stands out boldly next to his elaborate boutonniere. Often boutonnieres consisted of a few flowers plucked from the bridal bouquet. The bride wears a billowing bodice with puffed sleeves. Note her delicate gloves! The couple is identified as Mr. and Mrs. John Colvins. The photograph has been dated as 1904, and was reportedly recovered from the attic in the old Nilson House. Anyone with additional information about this couple and their role in Eddy County can send an email to [email protected] or send us a letter at PO Box 135, New Rockford, North Dakota 58356. Courtesy photo.

When it comes to wedding attire, there are two very important elements – the bride's dress and the groom's suit. While we tend to think of images of white wedding dresses and black wedding suits, historical images can show us just how expressive the dress (and suit) could be.

Wedding dresses were often handmade, and consisted of two pieces. The bodice included the sleeves and torso, while th...

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