By Craig Massey, Public Info/Media Relations New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum

There is a story behind every one of many 11,000-plus objects within the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum’s (NMFRHM) assortment. One of many extra fascinating tales belongs to a marriage costume donated not too long ago.

In September 1947, Anna Beth Ewing of Lordsburg, New Mexico married Baylus Cade Jr. of Las Cruces. Ewing was raised on a ranch south of Lordsburg and there was little cash for a marriage robe. Her mom, Hazel, purchased a World Warfare II surplus parachute fabricated from white parachute silk. There was no electrical energy on the ranch, so Hazel took the parachute materials and sewed a costume collectively on a treadle stitching machine.

In 1997 – 50 years later – Ewing’s granddaughter, Mariah Cade, was married in the identical costume. The costume is now being saved in NMFRHM’s collections room.

“The exceptional situation of the marriage costume makes this a beautiful addition to our textile assortment,” mentioned NMFRHM Curator of Collections Holly Radke. “What an incredible story.”

Restricted sources have been a standard problem throughout and instantly after World Warfare II. Material was so costly that a large number of girls merely weren’t capable of afford a good wedding ceremony costume, and plenty of of them needed to improvise with supplies that have been obtainable. Parachute silk or nylon turned a well-liked selection.


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