The 10th Edition of Smile for the Camera is about Costumes! Not the type worn for Halloween but a distinctive dress for the period or class or what was worn in an era of time. I chose the photo below of my maternal grandfather’s first cousin, Ada Blazer.
Ada Dell Blazer was born on July 2, 1890 in Champaign County, Ohio to Wesley Blazer and Binne McAdams. She was the only daughter of the four children. Ada married Frank Ogg about 1910. After he died in October 1920, she married John Black. One daughter was born to this union. John died in December 1960.
I’m not sure how old Ada was when this photo was taken but my guess it would be prior to or soon after her first marriage. (I know footnoteMaven will love this photo because she is wearing glasses!) I chose this photo primarily because of her headdress. According to Vintage Fashion Guild, by “1911 hats were at their largest, often with the brim extending beyond the breadth of the wearer’s shoulders. To secure these huge creations to the head, hat pins – sometimes as long as 18 inches – were skewered through the hair and hat. The hatpin had other advantages too. Any man who attempted an unwanted advance soon discovered that a hatpin was all a frail woman needed to defend herself.”
This also could be a pre-wedding photograph taken as it appears that the suit, the hat and the hand warmer are a matching set. I do not know the significance of the one sided lace collar. With her hands covered by the hand warmer, I can’t see if she is wearing any wedding jewelry although it appears she is wearing a necklace with a dainty chain with the charm at the “V” of her jacket and another necklace that appears to be possibly herringbone that fits closer to her neck. There is a just a hint of a smile on her face.
Ada lived until the age of 86 and died February 22, 1977 in Champaign County, Ohio.