This hand-made dress was Georgia Maria Gilkey's high school graduation dress in 1904, and also her wedding dress when she married Captain Phineas Banning Blanchard in 1906. It is a two piece garment, with a high collar and lace around the peau de soie (silk) yoke. The long skirt has a layered petticoat. The textured off-white fabric has a raised decorative design motif.
Mary Ann Park Pendleton was the daughter of James Ridley Park and Nancy Curtis Park. Her date of birth is unknown, but she was lost at sea with her husband, Captain Benjamin Coombs Pendleton, and three of her four sons on an 1888 voyage from Hong Kong to Callao, Peru. The bark Abbie Carver was Captain Pendleton's first command. The vessel disappeared and was never heard from again. One son, Clarence Isaac, had remained at home to go to school.
Jane French Sweetser Colcord was the photographer's sister, and this picture was taken at the family house in Searsport. The children are Lincoln Ross Colcord and Joanna Carver Colcord, both born at sea on board the bark Charlotte A. Littlefield.