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White Cotton Nightgown
Gift of Mr. & Mrs. Don Brown

Square collar, crocheted lace edging, long lace trimmed sleeves gathered to yoke.

Deep Pink Silk Nightgown
Gift of Peggy Deasy

V neck, lace & tuck insertions, empire waist, bias skirt, self tie belt, sleeveless.

Maroon Rayon, Satin, & Brocade Bathrobe, Man's
Gift of Mr. & Mrs. Don Brown

Wrap-around closure, tie sash, cuffed sleeves, belt.

1840 -1900 saw little change in nightgowns. Around 1910 the neck became more rounded and the sleeves were removed. The 1920s saw the introduction of silk and rayon and an almost transparent look. Men's nightwear consisted of knee-length night shirt. Until 1910, the day shirts were so long, they could easily become a nightshirt. The smoking jacket replaced the coat and tie upon return from work, for a casual evening.


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