Helen’s graduation dress, 1933

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What it is:

Photo (approx. 4.25 x 6 inches) mounted into a cardboard frame/folder (I have cropped some of the folder from this scan).

What I know about it:

Photographer is Marks of Clinton, Missouri.  Written on the folder is Helen Hall / 1933 / High School Graduation Dress


Here is another photo from the Sullivan and Hall clan.  This is one of the more recent ones (insofar as 1933 can be called recent).  I have multiple photos of her posing in this graduation gown, which is sometimes also referred to as her music recital gown (the implication being that it was a senior recital that accompanied graduation), but this is the only one that is a full-length portrait.  I’m not sure where she fits into this family’s lineage, but somebody was obviously proud of her and spared no expense commemorating this milestone.

6 comments on “Helen’s graduation dress, 1933”

  1. It looks somewhat like the Gunne Sax number I wore to my 8th-grade graduation.

  2. This is a beautiful image. Such a pretty dress and an unnusual way to pose. Very striking.

  3. Is she holding a pair of gloves, or is that a tassel on the front of her dress?

    • Funny, I just assumed it was attached to her dress, but you made me look closer, and now I’m not sure. Would she pose holding a lace handkerchief?

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