The display model…
by Paula Bosse
Above, Miss Corinne Baker of San Angelo, Texas, wears a promotional windmill dress, advertising the Perkins Wind Mill Co. (of Mishawaka, Indiana) and C. Titus, a Texas agent. This is pretty spectacular. The skirt made of blades is great. (See this photo larger here.)
A quick look to see what I could find out about Miss Baker (1869-1961) turned up the fact that, in 1886, she was the first woman to both complete four-years of college coursework and receive a Bachelor of Arts degree from a “male” college in the South — in this case, the University of Mississippi. And she could pull off a kooky ensemble with a certain awkward grace.
Sources & Notes
Photo from the book American Windmills by T. Lindsay Baker. (Larger image here.)
Color card from Dick Sheaff’s fabulous ephemera site, here.
Clippings as noted.
Most images larger when clicked.
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