Dating in 1910
It’s a quirky little story that, in an extremely condensed version, goes something like this: In 1942, Evert’s pal Jack goes to war, leaving behind pregnant wife Mary. Ruth is glad he’s there for Mary, and she imagines the little boy will soon have a father. One of the most peculiar was the custom in Colonial America of “bundling.” A practice that endured the longest in New England (oh, those Puritans), it involved an arrangement in which the male suitor would be asked to spend the night with the young lady’s family, specifically to share her bed.Schoolteacher Ruth boards with Mary and meets Evert, who takes home movies of the new baby for Jack. Occasionally, Evert takes Ruth fishing, and they talk about Mary. An upright “bundling board” would separate the couple, or the bed might have a “bundling sack,” one style of which was like a double sleeping bag stitched down the middle.The Dating of a catcher's mask could prove to be a difficult task.Construction styles, models, or features could have been used for many years after they were introduced.There is no exact date as to when the Victorian era truly ended as the Victorian lifestyle continued to influence culture, customs, and societal ways for several years following Queen Victoria’s death.Queen Victoria’s son, King Edward VII ruled from 1901 until 1910 and historians refer to these years as the Edwardian era; however, throughout this period, Victorian influence was strong.A Victorian man could amass great wealth simply by choosing a woman of great means, as her property would transfer to the man once married.
As what would have been our parents’ 68th wedding anniversary approaches, I reflect not only on their being my parents, but even more so on their courtship. It’s true that theirs was an odd courtship, but historically speaking, courtship has not been without its peculiarities.
The absurd, corseted shape of the 1910s woman became more natural during the 1910s, and clothing toned down its lavishness considerably.
The "New Woman" that emerged in 1908 was more comfortable, more active, more educated, more independent, and more career-driven.
In some cases you could positively date a mask to after a feature was first introduced but you might have to settle on dating it to a longer era of use.
Generalized, such as the mask in the Visual Glossary above, that is dated approximately to 1916-1920's.
Women and men who held greater standards of morality and social etiquette marked the Victorian era. Societal norms taught men and women to behave with modesty and prudence.