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H8647 Dress, decorated with tram tickets, womens, cotton / paper, made by Effie Bradshaw, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1906. Click to enlarge.

Dress decorated with tram tickets

Designed
This dress consisting of skirt and bodice of pink polished cotton is covered with cream, yellow, green and tan coloured Sydney and New South Wales Government Tramway tickets. It was made by in about 1906 by Effie Bradshaw, as a dress up costume for balls.

The dress was featured in an article in the Australian Women's Weekly " in 1964. Mrs Bradshaw said " I added a toy tram to my coiffure and hid the battery to light it in my bodice. I carried a bag of tickets and blew my whistle in the …

Summary

Object No.

H8647

Object Statement

Dress, decorated with tram tickets, womens, cotton / paper, made by Effie Bradshaw, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1906

Physical Description

Dress, womens, decorated with tram tickets c. 1906, cotton / paper, made by Effie Bradshaw, Sydney, Australia, 1906

Dress consisting of skirt and bodice of pink polished cotton covered with cream, yellow, green and tan coloured Sydney and New South Wales Government Tramway tickets, tacked lengthways. These include one penny, one and half pence, tuppence and threepence tickets. The A-line skirt has a diagonal piece of cream silk across front with red printing 'WAIT HERE FOR TRAMS'. Bodice has three quarter length sleeves and cardboard sign at square neckline 'Increased trams fares from 1.4.1914'. Bodice fastens with seven metal hooks and eyes at centre back. Hem of bodice is unfinished.

Production

History

Notes

Worn by the donor initially for a Masonic Masquerade Ball where she won a prize, and at other later occasions.

"I added a toy tram to my coiffure and hid the battery to light it in my bodice. I carried a bag of tickets and blew my whistle in the square dance....But I had to stand up all night so the tickets wouldn't tear". Mrs Bradshaw said "I saved up all my 1d. tram tickets riding from Annandale to Central Railway..and pursued my friends for the rest". From article in The Australian Women's Weekly, October 28, 1964

Source

Credit Line

Gift of W Bradshaw, 1969

Acquisition Date

12 November 1969

Cite this Object

Harvard

Dress decorated with tram tickets 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 26 October 2021, <https://ma.as/253097>

Wikipedia

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