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Children, Oakley, Kansas

Children, Oakley, Kansas
Date: May 22, 1907
This black and white photograph shows a group of children dressed in cylinder designed costumes possibly for Halloween or a play in Oakley, Kansas.


Masquerade ball at Englewood, Kansas

Masquerade ball at Englewood, Kansas
Creator: Steele, F. M. (Francis Marion), 1866-1936
Date: Between 1890 and 1910
Masquerade ball at Englewood, Kan., possibly New Year's Eve. The man with a white kerchief around his neck is John Ford.


Minnie and Earl Biglin in costumes

Minnie and Earl Biglin in costumes
Date: 1902
This photograph shows Minnie Biglin wearing a muslin dress with a newspaper printed on it. She is standing next to her brother, Earl, who is dressed as a printer's devil. In late March, 1902, the Alta Vista Journal printed an open invitation to a costume ball on April 1 in Dwight, Kansas, 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, issue of the 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.


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