Ohio Museums, August 2016

Ann and I had two other delightful outings. They were both return trips, but we still found many news exhibits to enjoy.

The first was the Kent State University Costume Museum.


The special exhibit featured dresses from the 1920s. It was fascinating to notice how very simple and unconfining the dresses (and even some trousers!) were for women, compared to what they were wearing even ten years earlier. But I was pleasantly surprised that the workmanship on the dresses was still fabulous–these were not hastily tossed-together frocks. Here’s some photos of my favorites: (Enlarge to see more details)

And here’s a photo of the type of dress they replaced:P1020324

Really: which would you prefer to wear? I noticed that the “flapper dresses” as they were called at the time (flapper had been a term used for British girls growing up–pre-teens, and they were still called that as young adults) were very tiny–slim and athletic was fashionable–even some team sports clothing was on display. Also, most of these dresses just slipped over the head. No buttons, no zippers, no closures of any kind. They were like the shifts from the 60’s that we just tugged over our heads, mussing our hair (but the dresses were much better made than our little cotton shifts.) P1020322

This was a certainly unanticipated treasure. It’s a copy of “La Belle Assemblee,” a very fashionable ladies’ magazine from the Regency era. I frequently recommended that my authors provide their characters with a copy. I hope you can enlarge the photo enough to read the print. I think it’s from 1818, or 1813, and I’m totally at a loss how something this old, and aimed at a contemporary audience,  ended up in Ohio 200 years later. Go figure. And they had TWO copies! Here’s a photo of the other:P1020323

For my last treat at the fashion museum, I found a genuine reticule, which is a corruption of “ridiculous” as these purses were so tiny as to be almost useless. So I had to get a photo of that, too. Too bad I didn’t have a ruler to show the scale.P1020325

Our next outing was to the Cleveland Museum of Art.


We’ve gone there every visit, and this was our second trip this visit. Bob and Ann and I had gone to see a special display, “Art and Stories from Mughal India.” I know nothing about that area or era, so it was very interesting to learn about this restless land, which has seen so many political and military upheavals, and still is anything but serene today. It was all overwhelming, so I simply photographed some textiles that I found enchanting, and can share them with you. The exhibit ends in late October, so  you’d better get there soon.

On our next visit, I wanted to see the really, really old stuff. That and visit my favorite St. Gaudens. Here’s his “Amor Caritas” and a photo of his signature.

Then I took random photos of pre-Christian art that caught my eye. That was my only specification, and there was very much to enjoy. I’ll just plug them in here, and you can enjoy them as well. It led me to speculate about the societies that fostered such art, and perhaps if these societies hadn’t been overtaken by events and other armies…

So that was my annual trip to Cleveland. I’ll end with what was the featured image, which might not show up. These are the Smooch Brothers, Felix (pink nose) and Ivan, Ann’s kitties, who invariably are gracious, welcoming, and very patient with my continual assaults on their persons, caused by my prolonged cat-deprivation prior to landing in Cleveland.P1020288