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My great-aunt Lilly, all dolled up for what I can only assume was a very special evening.

I’m sorry to say I can’t tell you anything about that night. I can’t tell you what the occasion was or where this was taken. But what I can do is show you the dress.

That’s right, nearly a century on and her niece still has the dress. (!!)

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My Mum and I visited her this summer (Lilly’s niece, Dell) and it was so wonderful to be able to spend time with her and hear more about our family. She shared all sorts of pictures, documents, and stories with us. As we passed that picture of Aunt Lilly she paused and said something to the effect of, “Oh Katie, your Mum tells me you’re interested in sewing. I’ve got something…”

She comes back into the room holding the dress, “…I mean I don’t know if this would even interest y—”

“!!!!!!!”

I believe that was my precise reaction, “!!!!!!!

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Oh goodness, I couldn’t believe it.

It was rescued from the floor of a forgotten wardrobe at the family farm in Preeceville, Saskatchewan shortly before it was burnt down a couple decades ago. It wasn’t found in great shape, but Dell had it professionally cleaned and now stores it properly in its own garment box. I just think it’s such a wonderful thing to have, and am so thankful to have seen it in the flesh (the threads?!).

A living memory.

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Pretty special, yes?

Aunt Lilly’s 1920s Party Dress
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  • That is so wonderfully beautiful! I can’t even begin to imagine how I would have squealed if I was in your shoes! They look like magnolia flowers to me. Gorgeous!

  • wow! A dress from 1920. Beautiful.