Eleanor Roosevelt's 1933 Inaugural Ball Gown

Eleanor Roosevelt's 1933 Inaugural Ball Gown

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Physical Description
blue (overall color)
silver (overall color)
fabric, silk (overall material)
stone, ? (clips (2) material)
stone, rhinestone (clips (2) material)
threads (overall material)
overall: 30 in x 25 in; 76.2 cm x 63.5 cm
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Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. Franklin Delano Roosevelt
First Ladies
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Political and Military History: Political History, General History Collection
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National Museum of American History
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My grandfather an Italian immigrant worked in a dye house in Paterson, NJ back in the 1930’s. He wove the material for Eleanor Roosevelt’s gown for the 1933 inaugural ball. I have the newspaper article along with a swatch of the material.
Your grandfather made a beautiful velvet gown in ‘Eleanor ‘ blue. For a description see page 14 of the book Eleanor Roosevelt volume 2 by Blanche Wiesen Cook.

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