June is a perennially popular month for weddings, so today we are taking a glance at the wedding attire of days gone by. Today’s Throwback Thursday image is from our fashion plate collection and is from an issue of Peterson’s Magazine in 1883. The two dresses on the far left are a bridesmaid’s dress and a wedding dress. As you can see, the tradition of wearing a white dress must date back from at least the late-19th century. It looks like it was also popular to have the bridesmaids wear a brightly colored dress for the occasion.
Today’s Throwback Thursday photo was taken at the Ag Day Parade in 1920. The parade was in conjunction with the Agricultural Carnival which was held at Iowa State from 1912-1915, then again in 1919-1921. In 1922, the Carnival was absorbed, along with other events, into the VEISHEA celebration.
Perhaps the sentiment behind “Iowa’s Crops to the Rescue” had to do with helping to feed the people of Europe after the detrimental affects of WWI. Often the artifacts in the archives tell part of a story, and it is up to the researchers to help piece together the evidence to tell a whole story.
Come visit the archives from 9-5, Monday-Friday to see what stories you might be able to tell!
In honor of RAGBRAI coming to Ames on Tuesday the 24th, here’s a picture of the women of the Bicycle Club in 1898. The scan is taken from a glass slide with some deterioration which is why there is some fading (but hey, the photo is 120 years old!)
Good luck to all the RAGBRAI riders next week, and feel free to make the archives one of your stops while you’re in Ames!
Tomorrow is the first day of fall, so let’s look back at an Iowa State fall tradition of days gone by.
The text on the page reads “One of the most picturesque occasions of the Fall Quarter is the Engineer’s Campfire held in a natural theatre in North Woods. During the afternoon a regular “Side-show” provides entertainment, while at night two big fires light up a stage for student vaudeville stunts. The Engineers are knighted by St. Patrick by the light of the two big “torches.” Norman Brown was St. Patrick this fall, and Margaret Erickson was “Engineer’s Lady.”
The Engineer’s Campfire was suspended in 1929 due to falling revenue and the unpredictability of the fall weather in Iowa.
As the weather gets colder (or at least, will eventually!), take time to learn about other ISU traditions that have been left in the past. After you do that, the entire run of the Bomb has been digitized, and all are encouraged to contribute to helping transcribe the pages in order to make the text search more accurate.