Bridesmaid Wedding Cake Figure

Description
During World War II, wedding cakes were a luxury due to sugar rationing and other restrictions. After the war, the wedding cake became a central part of wedding parties and receptions, and cake figure production boomed. In the 1950s, mass production widened the variety of figures available. This figure, made in 1957, is of a bridesmaid. The wedding cake she sat atop apparently included not only the bride and groom but the wedding party as well.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
figure
date made
ca 1957
Physical Description
plaster (overall material)
paint (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 11 cm x 4 cm; 4 5/16 in x 1 9/16 in
ID Number
1992.0301.04
catalog number
1992.0301.04
accession number
1992.0301
catalog number
1992.301.4
subject
Weddings
See more items in
Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Artifact Walls exhibit
Food
Family & Social Life
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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