|The dress on display at History Park. |
Photo: Elizabeth Urbach.
|Ca. 1945 wedding cake topper made of icing sugar. |
Photo: Elizabeth Urbach.
As I did so, some of the silver-lined glass beads started falling off, because the thread holding it on was simply disintegrating. Off to Michael's for a beading needle because all of my needles were too thick to fit through the very narrow beads! I wish I had been able to find some really fine thread, too, because all of my thread turned out to be just barely thin enough to fit through the eye of the beading needle ... After re-sewing all the fallen beads and a few rhinestones as well (which were originally glued on, but the glue had disappeared), I got the dress to hold together enough to be carefully transported to the museum and put on the dress form (for which I made a cover). Then, the dress form's shoulders were too wide to fit the dress over, so I had to put the dress on by drawing (pulling would have ripped it apart!) it up over the form's hips, which were just small enough to not rip the dress!
But all in all, I got the dress stabilized (although I couldn't do anything to the veil at this time) and it will be on display through Sunday, August 14, 2011. It is exhibited with one of my grandma's wedding portraits -- wearing the dress -- and the wedding cake topper. Here is the museum "blurb" I wrote up to accompany the display:
Wedding dress, veil, and wedding cake topper, October 1945. Worn by Rosolia Caccomo on her marriage to Joseph LoBue, Omaha, NE.
The bride’s story:
Rosolia A. Caccomo (“Rosalie”, b. 1915 – d. 2000) was born in Omaha, NE to Sicilian immigrant parents. Rosalie was the oldest of 3 children, and was the first one in her family to attend college. After graduating from Creighton University, she got her teaching credential and taught in Omaha for several years in the late 1930s and early 1940s before she married.
The groom’s story:
Joseph P. LoBue (“Joe”, b. 1916 – d. 2005) was born in San Francisco, California, to Sicilian immigrant parents. Joe was the youngest of 3 boys and he and his brothers grew up on a cherry orchard in Willow Glen, where the family lived until the 1960s. Joe attended local elementary schools and San Jose High School in the 1930s, before joining the family fruit growing and packing business. The business supplied the U.S. armed forces with canned fruit during World War 2.
Joe and Rosalie met in the summer of 1944 when Rosalie came out to California with some friends to see San Francisco; the young women visited a relative of Rosalie’s in San Jose who was a neighbor and a close friend of Joe’s mother. They were married October 14, 1945 in Omaha, NE, and settled first in San Jose, CA, and then moved out to an orange and olive orchard in Visalia, CA, where they raised 3 children and continued in the LoBue family business, LoBue Bros. Their descendants and relatives still reside in the San Jose and Visalia areas of California, and the Omaha area of Nebraska.
The dress, veil and cake topper:
The dress was purchased from Herzberg’s department store in Omaha, NE. It is made of rayon satin and trimmed with clear glass beads, some of which are coated with silver on the inside, which has tarnished and appears black. It measures about 31 inches in the bust and 26 inches in the waist and features a 4-foot train. The veil is made of nylon net edged with lace and measures 12 to 15 feet long. The cake topper in the shape of a wedding bell on a stand, is made of icing sugar and reads “Marriage” in gold.