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36 Stunning Vintage Wedding Dresses From Yesteryear

Over 100 years of wedding days...

1. 1850

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

2. 1878

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A wedding dress with a bustle, decorated with flowers.

3. 1900

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

4. 1905

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Eleanor Roosevelt on her wedding day.

5. 1910

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Mr. and Mrs. Ernstein on their wedding day.

6. 1912

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

7. 1915

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

8. 1918

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

9. 1920

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

10. 1922

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

11. 1924

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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

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

13. 1926

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

14. 1927

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

15. 1928

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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

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A twenties bride on her wedding day.

17. 1930

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

18. 1931

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

24. 1945


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

25. 1946

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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.

27. 1950

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A bride-to-be poses with her bouquet.

28. 1951

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A flowing wedding dress by Mercia, with lace sleeves.

29. 1952

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A satin wedding dress by Mercia with a long veil.

30. 1955

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A model posing in a wedding dress, circa 1955.

31. 1957

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

32. 1960

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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.

34. 1964

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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

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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

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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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