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Weddings have been major rites of passage and family celebration for millennia. For much of that time, wedding dresses were specially beautiful but could be of any color. By late Victorian times, white became the standard. However, during the Depression and the War years, simpler and more serviceable outfits were often chosen. And these might not be white. Although all wedding clothes are particularly elegant, each dress reflects certain style features of its time.
Wedding dresses, photos, invitations and other memorabilia are often saved and passed down to family or museums. Here is a Humboldt sampler stretching from the 1870s to the 1980s. Most of the dresses in this exhibit have never been exhibited here before.