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White Ostrich Feather Fan
Ostrich feathers, celluloid
Gift of Bessie T. Fricke (1962.1.2)

From around 1880 to 1930 folding ostrich feather fans were stylish accessories, especially for formal and evening events. Caroline Swinnerton (born c. 1859), carrying the newest fashion in fans, used this one at the wedding of her cousin, Lucy Thayer, to Joseph P. McGuire in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Caroline may have been a bridesmaid.

White Satin and Lace Fan
Silk, lace, ivory
Gift of Mrs. J.V. Quarles (1955.3614a)

Mary A. Thomas (1850-1933) of Chicago, Illinois used this fan at her wedding to Emory Levi Grant, a lumber dealer from Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Painted White Satin Fan
Silk, ivory, paint
Gift of Helen Ruth Warner (1947.1384)

By the end of the nineteenth century, white satin fans, sometimes painted with flowers, were reserved for brides. Mary Elizabeth McIntyre (1864-1931) of Koshkonong, Wisconsin used this white satin fan at her wedding to Andrew J. Warner, a farmer from Whitewater, Wisconsin, on March 25, 1891.

Painted White Satin Fan - detail
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