|Standard Fashion Book, Summer Fashions for 1912|
picnics come to my mind with thoughts of Memorial Day just as I see stockings hanging by the fireplace at the mention of Christmas. When I was a youngster we went on a picnic every May 30, regardless of anything short of a cloudburst. It was the first holiday that came along after picnics got ripe enough to pick each Spring, and we invariably went forth on that day to eat things off a tablecloth spread on the ground....with young men in duck trousers and young women in their jaunty little shirtwaist outfits...
We weren't hard to please. A few cold fried chickens, some peanut sandwiches, a big paper sack full of Saratoga chips, some potato salad in a fruit jar, tw or three kinds of jelly and bread and butter, a couple of chocolate cakes and a cocoanut cake and a freeze of strawberry ice cream and a few accessories were practically all we expected at a picnic dinner in those days...
The day after the picnic the local paper would write it up, and close by saying that 'a delightful time was had'--and that was the truth."
For more, you can read the full article scanned from the NYT here. I love the description of "jaunty little shirtwaist outfits." How lovely! That shall be my goal for Saturday.
If you're in the Boston area, like Little Women, the Alcott family, 1912, or just celebrating history, stop by the museum for a wonderful day! The schedule is on their website (linked above).
|Postcard of Orchard House, c.1900-1907|