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36 Stunning Vintage Wedding Dresses From Yesteryear

Over 100 years of wedding days...

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1. 1850

A bride poses for an early daguerreotype photo on the day of her wedding.
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A bride poses for an early daguerreotype photo on the day of her wedding.

2. 1878

A wedding dress with a bustle, decorated with flowers.
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A wedding dress with a bustle, decorated with flowers.

3. 1900

Actress Dorothea Baird poses for a portrait in her wedding gown.
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Actress Dorothea Baird poses for a portrait in her wedding gown.

4. 1905

Eleanor Roosevelt on her wedding day.
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Eleanor Roosevelt on her wedding day.

5. 1910

Mr. and Mrs. Ernstein on their wedding day.
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Mr. and Mrs. Ernstein on their wedding day.

6. 1912

Miss Ruby Ray in bridal attire, with a feather headdress and veil, and long train.
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Miss Ruby Ray in bridal attire, with a feather headdress and veil, and long train.

7. 1915

Flight Commander Sipper with his new bride Miss D'Arcy at their wedding.
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Flight Commander Sipper with his new bride Miss D'Arcy at their wedding.

8. 1918

Miss Annie Hodge cutting her wedding cake with a sword while her groom, Lieutenant Wissler looks on.
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Miss Annie Hodge cutting her wedding cake with a sword while her groom, Lieutenant Wissler looks on.

9. 1920

Circa 1920: Canadian-American film actress Mary Pickford (1893 - 1979), radiant in a wedding dress.
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Circa 1920: Canadian-American film actress Mary Pickford (1893 - 1979), radiant in a wedding dress.

10. 1922

A young couple sit for a portrait on their wedding day.
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A young couple sit for a portrait on their wedding day.

11. 1924

A newly-wed couple in full wedding dress sit looking at a parrot resting on the bridegrooms's shoulder.
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A newly-wed couple in full wedding dress sit looking at a parrot resting on the bridegrooms's shoulder.

12. 1925

Mademoiselle Loewenstein modeling a white wedding dress fastened on one hip and accessorized with a very long veil.
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Mademoiselle Loewenstein modeling a white wedding dress fastened on one hip and accessorized with a very long veil.

13. 1926

A model wearing a wedding dress from the Solosign fashion house.
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A model wearing a wedding dress from the Solosign fashion house.

14. 1927

The new Mrs Hampton wearing a wedding dress with a long lace train and embroidered headdress.
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The new Mrs Hampton wearing a wedding dress with a long lace train and embroidered headdress.

15. 1928

Arline Wilma Preston before her wedding to Clark Wallace Bishop. Caption reads: "Before the dress was given to the NHA in 1987, it was altered and worn by four other young women in the family."
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Arline Wilma Preston before her wedding to Clark Wallace Bishop. Caption reads: "Before the dress was given to the NHA in 1987, it was altered and worn by four other young women in the family."

16. 1929

A twenties bride on her wedding day.
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A twenties bride on her wedding day.

17. 1930

Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Johnson happily cutting the wedding cake.
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Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Johnson happily cutting the wedding cake.

18. 1931

Society bride, Inez Mc Namara holding a bunch of flowers outside St. James' Church, Spanish Place, London immediately after her wedding to William Mc Namara. She is wearing a diamond cross on her chest.
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Society bride, Inez Mc Namara holding a bunch of flowers outside St. James' Church, Spanish Place, London immediately after her wedding to William Mc Namara. She is wearing a diamond cross on her chest.

19. 1933

Actress Ann Todd (1909 - 1993) models her wedding gown. Designed and made by Helene Galin, it is of white and silver damask satin with a cloud pattern. A long train is edged with lace belonging to her great great grandmother.
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Actress Ann Todd (1909 - 1993) models her wedding gown. Designed and made by Helene Galin, it is of white and silver damask satin with a cloud pattern. A long train is edged with lace belonging to her great great grandmother.

20. 1937

A portrait of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor on their wedding day at the Chateau de Conde in France.
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A portrait of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor on their wedding day at the Chateau de Conde in France.

21. 1938

A wedding gown being modeled at Grosvenor House in London. Forty eight yards of satin and twenty yards of tulle were used to make the dress.
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A wedding gown being modeled at Grosvenor House in London. Forty eight yards of satin and twenty yards of tulle were used to make the dress.

22. 1942

Official wedding portrait of Mary L. Chamberlin, wife of Gov. William Scranton of Pennsylvania, July 6, 1942.
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Official wedding portrait of Mary L. Chamberlin, wife of Gov. William Scranton of Pennsylvania, July 6, 1942.

23. 1944

Actress and bride-to-be Elyse Knox tries on the fabric from her fiance's parachute. He was shot down in over China and the parachute, which has bullet holes from Japanese Zeros in it, will be fashioned into a wedding gown.
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Actress and bride-to-be Elyse Knox tries on the fabric from her fiance's parachute. He was shot down in over China and the parachute, which has bullet holes from Japanese Zeros in it, will be fashioned into a wedding gown.

24. 1945

Hazel Scott steps out from her vehicle to wed Adam Clayton Powell Jr.
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Hazel Scott steps out from her vehicle to wed Adam Clayton Powell Jr.

25. 1946

Martha Vickers (1925 - 1971), the American leading lady of the 40's, sits for a portrait in her wedding gown.
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Martha Vickers (1925 - 1971), the American leading lady of the 40's, sits for a portrait in her wedding gown.

26. 1947

Dancer Josephine Baker marries Orchestra Leader, Jo Bouillon.
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Dancer Josephine Baker marries Orchestra Leader, Jo Bouillon.

27. 1950

A bride-to-be poses with her bouquet.
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A bride-to-be poses with her bouquet.

28. 1951

A flowing wedding dress by Mercia, with lace sleeves.
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A flowing wedding dress by Mercia, with lace sleeves.

29. 1952

A satin wedding dress by Mercia with a long veil.
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A satin wedding dress by Mercia with a long veil.

30. 1955

A model posing in a wedding dress, circa 1955.
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A model posing in a wedding dress, circa 1955.

31. 1957

A model posing in a wedding dress and veil, June 1957.
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A model posing in a wedding dress and veil, June 1957.

32. 1960

British actress Jackie Collins on her wedding day.
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British actress Jackie Collins on her wedding day.

33. 1962

A young Colin Powell cuts the wedding cake with his wife Alma.
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A young Colin Powell cuts the wedding cake with his wife Alma.

34. 1964

French designer Yves Saint Laurent's wedding gown in white damasked cotton is shown from his spring collection in Paris, France on Feb. 12, 1964. The dress is accessorized with white elbow gloves, shoes topped with flowers and a long tress trimmed with flowers.
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French designer Yves Saint Laurent's wedding gown in white damasked cotton is shown from his spring collection in Paris, France on Feb. 12, 1964. The dress is accessorized with white elbow gloves, shoes topped with flowers and a long tress trimmed with flowers.

35. 1966

A white silk wedding gown draped with matching cape is worn with a white mink tail hat and white gloves at the fall and winter fashion show in Paris, France, in Sept. 1966. The dress is presented with the new winter collection of French designer Hubert de Givenchy.
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A white silk wedding gown draped with matching cape is worn with a white mink tail hat and white gloves at the fall and winter fashion show in Paris, France, in Sept. 1966. The dress is presented with the new winter collection of French designer Hubert de Givenchy.

36. 1969

A daring wedding dress of white rose petals, with a large cape-shaped veil of white tulle, Jan. 28, 1969.
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A daring wedding dress of white rose petals, with a large cape-shaped veil of white tulle, Jan. 28, 1969.

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