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Donation of the Month


Teddy
1992.43.2
Donor: Vera Hill

Wearing a pair of pajamas, pj’s, nightgown or some type of comfortable clothing to bed has been part of the nighttime ritual for a long time. Originally just a long night shirt the act of wearing specific bedtime attire called pajamas started after English colonists discovered that the loose-fitting jackets and trousers worn by the Indians were perfect for lounging and sleeping. In fact the term pajama comes from the Persian word “payjama” meaning “leg garment”.

While men have always traditionally worn trousers or a long night shirt to bed, women’s night garments resembled their daytime attire. Although missing the restrictive corsets and multiple petticoats, women traditionally slept in a gown in very similar cut and style to their day dress. By the 1910s and 1920s the shorter less restrictive dress styles brought about a large change in women’s undergarments and lingerie. It was a loose fitting garment with a straight cut and a simple button closure at the crotch to define the legs. This new style was called an envelope chemise or camiknickers as it combined a camisole (bra cover) and knickers (basically shorts) that had traditionally been worn under women’s clothing. The envelope chemise or camiknicker better conformed to the loose fitting and boyish look of the 1910s and 1920s.

The envelope chemise or teddy as it was called later pictured here is a great example. Made of silk and lace this teddy was made by Mrs. Hill in the current 1920s style. The loose fitting style would match her loose fitting dress and allow her to remain ‘in style’ while lounging or sleeping.

The style remained popular through the 1940s as it accommodated the rise in popularity and necessity of trousers for women. The clothing style of the 1930s and 1940s changed from the boyish look of the 1920s to a more form fitting style; the undergarment also became more fitting and contained a fitted bust line. By the end of the 1940s the popularity of this type of undergarment and lingerie dropped; however, it saw a resurgence in the 1990s. In the 1990s the style was for use only as nighttime wear.
Today, most pajamas no longer match current style trends as they no longer relate in anyway to outerwear. However, the comfort of pajamas means that many wear their pajamas as outerwear while lounging at home or grocery shopping.
 

 

 


 

 


 

More Donations of the Month

Arts & Crafts
Charles Summey Painting
Elsie Sterling Drawings & Photo
Erwin A. Doege pastel
M.E. Oliver’s Strange Scenes in the Ozarks
Roy Harris Carved Wagon
Rogersopoly
Seed Art

War Eagle Store

Household Goods
Andersons Grade A Egg Scale
Applegate Apothecary Bottle
Benton County Wine Bottles
Candles
Circa 1923 Eureka Vacuum Cleaner
First M.E. Church, North souvenir plate, circa 1910
Gasoline powered iron
Grape Press
John Edwards china
Open Salts
Red Wing Crock, 1910s
Rogers Fairgrounds Souvenir
Cut Glass Dresser Box
Marshmallow Toaster
Fairy Lamps
Bubble Up Soda Bottles
Farmers Produce Co. Feed Sack
Butter Molds
Hand Painted China
Flow Blue China
Ritz Christmas Lites
Soap
Stove Top Steamer
Sunbeam Dairy Milk Bottle & Photo

Paper Ephemera, Books, & Photos
Advertising Folding Table
Blueprints
Camp Joyzelle Booklet
Callison-Lough Funeral Home Sketch
1943 Benton County Nursery Company Catalog
Apple Blossom Festival Postcard Booklet, April 1927
B.P.O.E. photo, 1960
Christmas Carols Songbook
Civil War Clothing Ledger
“Coin” Harvey family letters
Edsel Ford Poetry Books
Frisco Railroad Pass
Gold mine photos
Lime Works Stock Certificate
Louise Thaden Note
Menu from the Orchard Room
Cumberland Presbyterian Ladies Cook Book
Rogers Public School catalog, 1892-3
Elizabeth Miller Autograph Books
Discharge Papers
New Year Postcard
Political Campaign Buttons
Women's Study Club Program
Howard Fowler Photographs
Railroad Automatic Car Identification
1933 World's Fair Objects
Tobacco Tax Receipts
Valentines cards
Vandover & Sons Livery Stable Photograph
Printing Blocks
World War II Photos

Toys
Billiken Doll
Russ Troll Doll
Schoenhut Circus Toys
Steiff Teddy Bear
Horse Drawn Wagon
Lone Ranger Atomic Bomb Ring
J.D. Kestner Doll
Winter Sled

Textiles, Clothing, & Clothing Accessories
Confederate Officer’s Artillery Frock Coat?
Apple Blossom Festival Crown
Bicorn Hat
Blackburn Preaching Shirt
Christmas Stocking
Friendship Quilt
Garrett family coverlet, 1860s
Hatpins
Help One Another Club Quilt
Loom
Mary Van Winkle Steele’s Traveling Dress
McClain Family Crazy Quilt
Norman Tailor System dress pattern
Pillbox Hat
Hannah Lumm Dress
Whig Rose Quilt
Celluloid Items
Hair Work Jewelry
Evening Gown
Mesh Hand Bags
Teddy
World War I Uniform
1906 Wedding Gown
Majorette Uniform & Spirit Ribbons

Furniture

1860s Green & Sager Bedstead
Henry Tribble’s Speaker Cabinet
Tom Morgan’s Desk & Chair
W.H. Jewett Piano
Adding Machine Stand
Apple Cider Press
Colonial Revival Dining Room Chair
B.F. Gleason Cooling Table
Grundig Majestic radio

Kroger Shelves

Other
Barbed Wire Samples
Betty Blake’s Composition Stick
Carry A. Nation Hatchet Brooch
Cash Register
Fiddle
Harris Baking Co. Souvenir
“Coin” Harvey Death Mask
KAMO Shovel
Erwin Funk’s Newspaper Convention Badges
Diamond Jubilee Badges
Tracy Lockhart’s Peddler Basket
Van Winkle Lumber
Surveyor's Compass
Remington Revolver
John Deere Corn Sheller
Rogers High School Dedication Stone
Permanent Wave Machine
City of Rogers License Plate
Chaplain's Field Kit
WWI Army helmet & print

Civil War Re-enactor Items
ViewMaster
Lever Action Winchester Model 1892
Silica mining bucket
 

 


 


 

 


 

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