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Chentzu Hester • 1 year ago

Wedding Dress: Made 1915, Modified 1945. "Jeanette Gunn modified her mother's 1915 wedding gown for her own wedding to Doug Motter in 1945. A professional seamstress removed the original high neckline and its net and lace inserts, replacing it with a sweetheart neckline, popular in the 1940s. The original silk satin dress was made in London Ontario by Smallman and Ingram Limited for Anna Martin's Calgary wedding to Dr. John Gunn..."

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