1930’s Wedding Name Silhouette

Feb 14, 2011

Last summer my father came to visit and as usual, he was bearing gifts. Unlike the normal candy and trinkets, this time, he came loaded with old photos and family related ephemera. I’m very into my family history and so from time to time other members of the family release items to my custody. In particular, this time, I received some items dealing with my Grandparents’ wedding: A clipping from the local paper and two name silhouettes that were made for the couple by a friend. I have been waiting for just the right time to post these items and I think there is no better day than St. Valentine’s Day! I think that it is so neat to find little items like this that give you some insight into the events of the past. I am extremely pleased with the handmade name silhouettes (above); the first reads Reynold Fairbank and the second says, Grace Rogerson Fairbank. The artist is Margy Lou Rousell; I tried to find some information about her but wasn’t able to find anything. They are done on cardboard with black ink. I love that they even have tiny eyelashes! Below you will find the text of the clipping from the society section of the Jamestown Post-Journal discussing their wedding.

My grandparents

“An early autumn wedding of unusual charm took place this afternoon at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Victor C. Rogerson when their elder daughter Grace Alberta was united in marriage with Reynold Fairbank, 3rd son of Mr. and Mrs. Will Fairbank. Dr. Gerald MacClelland, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church performed the ceremony at 5 o’clock in the presence of 100 guests.
The Rogerson residence had been transformed into an early autumn bower, shades of blue, rose and orchid predominating. Great baskets of gladioli, delphinium, asters and violet liatris together with wild clematis in profusion were arranged with exquisite effect in the nuptial appointments. The balustrades of the staircase were wound with the lacy wild clematis which was also arranged at the improvised altar where the impressive marriage service was held. Miss Ethel Danielson at the piano played the Lohengrin Wedding March as the bridal party slowly descended the picturesque staircase. William Fairbank, Jr., a brother of the bridegroom, acted as ring bearer wearing a white satin suit and carrying the wedding ring on a satin cushion. The little flower girl was Priscilla Jane Fairbank, niece of the groom.
She wore a dainty orchid frock and carried a basket of delicate autumn flowers. The bride was met at the foot of the staircase by her father. She was beautiful in her wedding gown of ivory crepe satin and princess lace. Her veil of princess lace was arranged in a cap with clusters of orange blossoms and she carried an exquisite shower of white Ophelia roses, gypsophila and lilies of the valley. Her slippers were of white satin with a tiny sprig of orange blossoms and she also wore a bracelet set with diamonds and emeralds, the gift of the groom. The service was immediately followed by a five-course wedding supper at the Hotel Jamestown. Tables were appointed with garden flowers together with ivory candles in silver candelabra. The favors were white bridal baskets of salted nuts.”

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