How does one dress for a special occasion in early 20th century Monroe, Ohio?
If you’re a woman, very carefully. Your hat, while lovely, is big and a little cumbersome. Your beautiful dress reaches to your ankles. Beware of puddles...and steps.
If you’re male, your bowler hat declares “I’m a serious man” while your straw hat shouts “I’m a fun-loving guy!” Only your hatter knows for sure.
And if you’re a kid, you wear anything Mother decides -- after you’ve been bathed, of course.
The fashions of America in the early 20th century are on full display in the Marion G. Warner Photograph Collection, a black-and-white retrospective of life in Monroe, Ohio, in the early 1900s, 1910s and 1920s.
Captured by Monroe resident and businessman Marion G. Warner (1861-1922), the collection’s remarkably sharp black-and-white images depict families, individuals of all ages, animals, homes, businesses, buildings, churches and many outdoor scenes.
The Marion G. Warner Photograph Collection was originally curated by and has been made available to the library courtesy of the Monroe Historical Society which recently celebrated its 50th year of operation, said Adam Wanter, MidPointe’s Digital and Special Collections archivist. The city of Monroe celebrated its 200th anniversary last year.
For access to actual photographs, contact the Monroe Historical Society : http://monroeohhistoricalsociety.org/.
Can you help? If you can identify people or places in the Marion G. Warner Photograph Collection or would like to correct items that have been misidentified please contact the library at https://www.midpointelibrary.org/page/contact-form