The Garden Party.
This ball gown dates from around 1890 to 1900 and it is made of silk taffeta and lace. It features lovely floral elements throughout, such as the floral printed silk and the embroidery along the green velvet trim.
It is from the Indianapolis Museum of Art.
By the Sea.
An outing at the beach in San Francisco, overlooking the once magnificent Cliff House, opened in 1896 by the self-made millionaire and philanthropist Adolph Sutro. It cost $75,000 to erect and had many great features and amenities, as detailed by the National Park Service:
“The new resort, designed specifically for dining, dancing and entertainment, had several private dining rooms, parlors, bars, and kitchens at the ground level. Private lunchrooms, a large art gallery, a gem exhibit, a photo gallery, a reception room, panoramic views from large windows and an open-air veranda were all located on the upper floors.”
It was unfortunately destroyed by a fire in September 1907, and replaced by a new building that still exists today.
This photograph was taken by the photographer Henry Peabody in 1902.
Photograph from Archives.gov, information from National Parks Service.