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Petticoat, Half Slip
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Title: Petticoat, Half Slip
Identifier: 2008.3.1
Donor: Mrs. Margaret Lawrence
Item Date: 1910- 1925
Creation Date: 2011
Location: Bradley Museum

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Description: A lady's full length white cotton petticoat with drawstring waist and eyelet trimmed hem. Stitching has been done in a fine straight machine stitch through-out while the vertical seams are narrow and unfinished. Horizontal seams and eyelet trim joins are French finished. Waist casing is narrow, measuring 1.2 cm and drawstrings are made out of a rolled narrow coarse tape. The main part, located at the top, is made of four sections and include four waist darts and a 2 cm deep tuck measuring 55 cm from the waist. The lower part is made of two slightly gathered tiers, plain above, and eyelet below, all double-layered. The under layer is finished with a wide lacing that measures 6.5 cm. The eyelet is 7.5 cm deep with a 2 cm interval. Hem width is about 300 cm. Inside the waist near the drawstrings is "G1135" hand printed in black ink.

Petticoats or half slips are a type of undergarment worn underneath a dress or skirt to provide warmth or to give a certain shape to a dress. This petticoat belonged to the donor's mother, Jane Elizabeth Wells, born March 4,1873 in Sandwich, Essex County.

Margaret Helen Lawrence (nee Gray) was born on June 18, 1914 in Toronto. She graduated as a dietician in 1938 and that same year married her husband Bill Lawrence. Bill and Margaret settled in Port Credit in 1950 and together raised four children; three boys and one girl. Between the years of 1962 and 1964, Margaret served as Port Credit’s representative on the South Peel Board of Education. In 1968 she became the secretary for the Toronto Township Historical Foundation and remained a board member until 1988. Margaret was also an active member of the Mississauga South Historical Society and a volunteer for the Mormon Genealogical Library in Mississauga, she passed away on September 12, 1998.
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