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This is a photograph of Minnie Biglin, wearing a muslin dress with a newspaper printed on it, standing next to her brother, Earl, who is dressed as a printer's devil. The Alta Vista Journal printed an open invitation in late March, 1902, to a costume ball on April 1 in Dwight, which was billed as "the last masquerade of the season." The newspaper urged everyone "to mask and come out and have a good time." Minnie was a correspondent for the newspaper and she persuaded the editor to print the March 28 edition on muslin for her so she could go as "Miss Newspaper." The costume received one of the five prizes awarded at the masquerade. According to the Thursday, August 7, 1969, Alta Vista Journal, Minnie later became Mrs. John Jacobs of Council Grove and donated the dress and hat, along with other belongings, to the Kaw Mission museum. She was 97 years old at the time. It is still on exhibit there.
Item Number: 23451
Call Number: B Biglin, Minnie and Earl *1
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 23451
Collections - Photograph
Community Life - Events and Celebrations - Holidays
Community Life - Events and Celebrations - Masquerade parties
Date - 1910s
Date - 1920s
Home and Family - Family parties and reunions - Holidays - Halloween
Objects and Artifacts - Communication Artifacts - Documentary Artifact - Photograph
Type of Material - Photographs