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  Partner: Weslaco Museum
 County: Hidalgo County, TX
[Dorothy Mae Smith Closner]
An Entry in Weslaco's annual "Birthday Party" fashion show. Organized by the Chamber of Commerce to highlight the fruit and vegetables grown in the Rio Grande Valley, area citizens created and modeled clothing made from local fruit, vegetables, and flowers. Dorothy is wearing a dress of checkers. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth21314/
[Pat Arrington]
An Entry in Weslaco's annual "Birthday Party" fashion show. Organized by the Chamber of Commerce to highlight the fruit and vegetables grown in the Rio Grande Valley, area citizens created and modeled clothing made from local fruit, vegetables, and flowers. Pat Arrington is wearing a Buckskin dress made of finely ground corn meal, trimmings made of eggplant, redish, orange and lemon peel, green pepper, pop corn, papaya seeds, war bonnet is made of roses, bougainvillea, bachelor buttons and chrysanthemums. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth21127/
[Contestants 62]
An Entry in Weslaco's annual "Birthday Party" fashion show. Organized by the Chamber of Commerce to highlight the fruit and vegetables grown in the Rio Grande Valley, area citizens created and modeled clothing made from local fruit, vegetables, and flowers. There is several contestants wearing different type of dresses made of fruits and/or vegetables. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth21128/
[Mrs Joe Davison]
An Entry in Weslaco's annual "Birthday Party" fashion show. Organized by the Chamber of Commerce to highlight the fruit and vegetables grown in the Rio Grande Valley, area citizens created and modeled clothing made from local fruit, vegetables, and flowers. Mrs Joe Davison is wearing an outfit made of fruits and/or vegetables. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth21129/
[Ruby Pierce]
An Entry in Weslaco's annual "Birthday Party" fashion show. Organized by the Chamber of Commerce to highlight the fruit and vegetables grown in the Rio Grande Valley, area citizens created and modeled clothing made from local fruit, vegetables, and flowers. Ruby Pierce is wearing an evening gown made of grapefruit membrane, she has gloves on and is holding a handbag also made of grapefruit membrane. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth21130/
[Hansen]
An Entry in Weslaco's annual "Birthday Party" fashion show. Organized by the Chamber of Commerce to highlight the fruit and vegetables grown in the Rio Grande Valley, area citizens created and modeled clothing made from local fruit, vegetables, and flowers. Miss Hansen is wearing a Charro outfit (Spanish Cavalier), the bolero and skirt are made of orange peel in cellophane, cummer bund, blouse and sleeve ruffles are made of dried grapefruit membrane, trim is made lemon peel, and the hat is made of eggplant peel decorated with bachelor buttons. Total cost to make this outfit was $5 dollars. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth21131/
[Mrs. Janett Wallace]
An Entry in Weslaco's annual "Birthday Party" fashion show. Organized by the Chamber of Commerce to highlight the fruit and vegetables grown in the Rio Grande Valley, area citizens created and modeled clothing made from local fruit, vegetables, and flowers. Mrs Janett Wallace is wearing a long evening dress made out of pampas grass. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth21132/
[Shields]
An Entry in Weslaco's annual "Birthday Party" fashion show. Organized by the Chamber of Commerce to highlight the fruit and vegetables grown in the Rio Grande Valley, area citizens created and modeled clothing made from local fruit, vegetables, and flowers. Miss Shields is wearing a long evening gown of two tones, made out of fruit and/or vegetables. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth21133/
[Mrs. Joe Davidson]
An Entry in Weslaco's annual "Birthday Party" fashion show. Organized by the Chamber of Commerce to highlight the fruit and vegetables grown in the Rio Grande Valley, area citizens created and modeled clothing made from local fruit, vegetables, and flowers. Mrs Joe Davidson is wearing a Matador style suit made of chopped cenizo leaves resembling bakers and gray fannel. The black braid and tie are made of eggplant peeling, the hat and gloves are made of poinsettia petals, her blouse is made of tiny diamond-shaped grapefruit peel, and the jabot is eydet embroidery made from inner peel of grapefruit. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth21134/
[Neva Jean Riley]
An Entry in Weslaco's annual "Birthday Party" fashion show. Organized by the Chamber of Commerce to highlight the fruit and vegetables grown in the Rio Grande Valley, area citizens created and modeled clothing made from local fruit, vegetables, and flowers. Miss Riley is wearing a skirt made of bougainvillea, the bodice is made of bachelor buttons, hip panels are made of chrysanthemums and the belf of eggplant peeling. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth21135/
[Gladys Wallace]
An Entry in Weslaco's annual "Birthday Party" fashion show. Organized by the Chamber of Commerce to highlight the fruit and vegetables grown in the Rio Grande Valley, area citizens created and modeled clothing made from local fruit, vegetables, and flowers. Gladys Wallace is wearing a charming suit is made of cenizo leaves. The skirt of the suit is beautifully striped with two different colors of chrysanthemums. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth21136/
[Contestant 61]
An Entry in Weslaco's annual "Birthday Party" fashion show. Organized by the Chamber of Commerce to highlight the fruit and vegetables grown in the Rio Grande Valley, area citizens created and modeled clothing made from local fruit, vegetables, and flowers. Young lady wearing a long evening dress made out of fruits and/or vegetables. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth21137/
[Thelma Perkins]
An Entry in Weslaco's annual "Birthday Party" fashion show. Organized by the Chamber of Commerce to highlight the fruit and vegetables grown in the Rio Grande Valley, area citizens created and modeled clothing made from local fruit, vegetables, and flowers. Miss Perkins is wearing a long evening gown made out of feathers. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth21138/
[Mrs. John Osthoff]
An Entry in Weslaco's annual "Birthday Party" fashion show. Organized by the Chamber of Commerce to highlight the fruit and vegetables grown in the Rio Grande Valley, area citizens created and modeled clothing made from local fruit, vegetables, and flowers. Mrs. Osthoff is wearing a dress made out of fruits and/or vegetables. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth21139/
[Julia Sleeth (Band Sweetheart)]
An Entry in Weslaco's annual "Birthday Party" fashion show. Organized by the Chamber of Commerce to highlight the fruit and vegetables grown in the Rio Grande Valley, area citizens created and modeled clothing made from local fruit, vegetables, and flowers. Julia Sleeth is wearing a "Flaming Accents Coat Dress" made out of ceniso, a draped scarf made of poinsetta petals, and jewelry made of seeds with glitter, and tiny red & green peppers, all designed by Danny Reed. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth21140/
[Miss Grace Dixon]
An Entry in Weslaco's annual "Birthday Party" fashion show. Organized by the Chamber of Commerce to highlight the fruit and vegetables grown in the Rio Grande Valley, area citizens created and modeled clothing made from local fruit, vegetables, and flowers. Grace is wearing a Band outfit, the coat is made out of grapefruit membrane and the trousers are made out of green peppers. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth21141/
[Lucille Parris]
An Entry in Weslaco's annual "Birthday Party" fashion show. Organized by the Chamber of Commerce to highlight the fruit and vegetables grown in the Rio Grande Valley, area citizens created and modeled clothing made from local fruit, vegetables, and flowers. Miss Parrish from the Beta Sigma Phi Club is wearing a costume made out of bell peppers and citrus leaves. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth21142/
[J. Chapman Rice]
An Entry in Weslaco's annual "Birthday Party" fashion show. Organized by the Chamber of Commerce to highlight the fruit and vegetables grown in the Rio Grande Valley, area citizens created and modeled clothing made from local fruit, vegetables, and flowers. Mr. Rice's handsome Charro costume was made of diamond-cut pieces of eggplant. A metal cutter had been made especially to cut these diamond shapes. Each diamond was carefully wrapped in double-stick cellophane tape and then stuck on the base of the costume. To make the stripes down the trouser legs, the inside of grapefruit peel was scraped and shaped by pinking shears. The handsome sarape was made of strips of many fruits and vegetables to get the many colors and the fringe was of a hearty grass. Few men modeled so his costume was wildly applauded. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth21143/
[Suzi Eccles]
An Entry in Weslaco's annual "Birthday Party" fashion show. Organized by the Chamber of Commerce to highlight the fruit and vegetables grown in the Rio Grande Valley, area citizens created and modeled clothing made from local fruit, vegetables, and flowers. This full-skirted dress was made of sliced corn cobs. Although the photograph does not show the design on the dress, there was a design made of cobs of a different color. Bachelor buttons were also used in the trimming of the dress and fan. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth21144/
[Mrs. Clara Mae Davison]
An Entry in Weslaco's annual "Birthday Party" fashion show. Organized by the Chamber of Commerce to highlight the fruit and vegetables grown in the Rio Grande Valley, area citizens created and modeled clothing made from local fruit, vegetables, and flowers. This winning ensemble is called a "landlubbers's outfit" especially popular with schoolgirls because of its simplicity. Blouse was made of the inner skin of white grapefruit, cut in diamond-shaped pieces; waistcoat of red poinsettia petals, and skirt in inch-square pieces of eggplant. Buttons on the costume were made of lacquered papaya seeds, and her handbag was of eggplant. Inner skin of grapefruit formed a soft, pliable material for the blouse. Two-thousand one-inch pieces of eggplant were cut from 36 grapefruits and 36 poinsetta petals were used. Total cost was $6; time required to make was 262 hours. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth21145/
[Contestant 60]
An Entry in Weslaco's annual "Birthday Party" fashion show. Organized by the Chamber of Commerce to highlight the fruit and vegetables grown in the Rio Grande Valley, area citizens created and modeled clothing made from local fruit, vegetables, and flowers. Lady wearing a long evening dress made out of fruits and/or vegetables. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth21146/
[Contestant 59]
An Entry in Weslaco's annual "Birthday Party" fashion show. Organized by the Chamber of Commerce to highlight the fruit and vegetables grown in the Rio Grande Valley, area citizens created and modeled clothing made from local fruit, vegetables, and flowers. Young lady wearing a long evening dress made out of leaves. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth21147/
[Contestant 58]
An Entry in Weslaco's annual "Birthday Party" fashion show. Organized by the Chamber of Commerce to highlight the fruit and vegetables grown in the Rio Grande Valley, area citizens created and modeled clothing made from local fruit, vegetables, and flowers. Contestant 58 is a wearing a long sleeveless gown and is carrying a purse both made out of citrus and seeds texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth21148/
[Rose Maria Miss Beehee]
An Entry in Weslaco's annual "Birthday Party" fashion show. Organized by the Chamber of Commerce to highlight the fruit and vegetables grown in the Rio Grande Valley, area citizens created and modeled clothing made from local fruit, vegetables, and flowers. Miss Beehee is wearing a long strapless evening gown of two different tones made out of fruits and/or vegetables. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth21149/
[Contestant 57]
An Entry in Weslaco's annual "Birthday Party" fashion show. Organized by the Chamber of Commerce to highlight the fruit and vegetables grown in the Rio Grande Valley, area citizens created and modeled clothing made from local fruit, vegetables, and flowers. Contestant 57 is a wearing a two piece dress made out leaves and citrus. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth21150/
[Contestant 56]
An Entry in Weslaco's annual "Birthday Party" fashion show. Organized by the Chamber of Commerce to highlight the fruit and vegetables grown in the Rio Grande Valley, area citizens created and modeled clothing made from local fruit, vegetables, and flowers. Lady wearing a long evening gown and carrying a purse, both made out of fruits and/or vegetables. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth21151/
[Contestant 55]
An Entry in Weslaco's annual "Birthday Party" fashion show. Organized by the Chamber of Commerce to highlight the fruit and vegetables grown in the Rio Grande Valley, area citizens created and modeled clothing made from local fruit, vegetables, and flowers. Contestant 55 is wearing a long evening dress made out of fruits and/or vegetables. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth21152/
[Mrs. Ken L. Gibson]
An Entry in Weslaco's annual "Birthday Party" fashion show. Organized by the Chamber of Commerce to highlight the fruit and vegetables grown in the Rio Grande Valley, area citizens created and modeled clothing made from local fruit, vegetables, and flowers. Mrs. Gibson is a wearing a long evening dress made out of eggplant and white mums. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth21153/
[Jessie Mae Parks Sidener]
An Entry in Weslaco's annual "Birthday Party" fashion show. Organized by the Chamber of Commerce to highlight the fruit and vegetables grown in the Rio Grande Valley, area citizens created and modeled clothing made from local fruit, vegetables, and flowers. Jessie Mae is wearing a long evening dress, muff and a headdress all made out of variegataded chrysanthemums. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth21154/
[Contestant 54]
An Entry in Weslaco's annual "Birthday Party" fashion show. Organized by the Chamber of Commerce to highlight the fruit and vegetables grown in the Rio Grande Valley, area citizens created and modeled clothing made from local fruit, vegetables, and flowers. Contestant 54 is wearing a long evening dress made out of dried yellow corn and poinsettias. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth21155/
[Melba Cellum]
An Entry in Weslaco's annual "Birthday Party" fashion show. Organized by the Chamber of Commerce to highlight the fruit and vegetables grown in the Rio Grande Valley, area citizens created and modeled clothing made from local fruit, vegetables, and flowers. Miss Cellum is wearing a long hoop skirt made out of citrus membrane peel and leaves. The bodice is made out of citrus leaves in red and white cellophane. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth21156/
[Contestant 53]
An Entry in Weslaco's annual "Birthday Party" fashion show. Organized by the Chamber of Commerce to highlight the fruit and vegetables grown in the Rio Grande Valley, area citizens created and modeled clothing made from local fruit, vegetables, and flowers. Young lady is wearing a long evening gowne and a hat made out of citrus. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth21157/
[Contestant 51]
An Entry in Weslaco's annual "Birthday Party" fashion show. Organized by the Chamber of Commerce to highlight the fruit and vegetables grown in the Rio Grande Valley, area citizens created and modeled clothing made from local fruit, vegetables, and flowers. Young lady is wearing a long evening gown made out of fruits and/or vegetables. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth21158/
[Isabel Rees]
An Entry in Weslaco's annual "Birthday Party" fashion show. Organized by the Chamber of Commerce to highlight the fruit and vegetables grown in the Rio Grande Valley, area citizens created and modeled clothing made from local fruit, vegetables, and flowers. Miss Rees is wearing a long evening gown of two shades with a bow in the front, and a matching hat, both made out of fruits and/or vegetables. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth21159/
[Contestant 50]
An Entry in Weslaco's annual "Birthday Party" fashion show. Organized by the Chamber of Commerce to highlight the fruit and vegetables grown in the Rio Grande Valley, area citizens created and modeled clothing made from local fruit, vegetables, and flowers. Young woman is wearing a long evening gown with tail made out of fruits and/or vegetables. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth21160/
[Contestant 49]
An Entry in Weslaco's annual "Birthday Party" fashion show. Organized by the Chamber of Commerce to highlight the fruit and vegetables grown in the Rio Grande Valley, area citizens created and modeled clothing made from local fruit, vegetables, and flowers. Young lady wearing a long gown with cape made of fruits and/or vegetables. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth21161/
[Jean Cragon]
An Entry in Weslaco's annual "Birthday Party" fashion show. Organized by the Chamber of Commerce to highlight the fruit and vegetables grown in the Rio Grande Valley, area citizens created and modeled clothing made from local fruit, vegetables, and flowers. Miss Cragon is wearing a long gown made of bachelos buttons in two different shades. The cape and muff are made of white bachelor buttons. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth21162/
[Contestant 48]
An Entry in Weslaco's annual "Birthday Party" fashion show. Organized by the Chamber of Commerce to highlight the fruit and vegetables grown in the Rio Grande Valley, area citizens created and modeled clothing made from local fruit, vegetables, and flowers. Contestant 48 is wearing a long gown made out of fern and yellow mums. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth21163/
[Contestant 48]
An Entry in Weslaco's annual "Birthday Party" fashion show. Organized by the Chamber of Commerce to highlight the fruit and vegetables grown in the Rio Grande Valley, area citizens created and modeled clothing made from local fruit, vegetables, and flowers. Contestant 48 is wearing a long gown made out of fern and yellow mums. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth21164/
[Mildred Smith]
An Entry in Weslaco's annual "Birthday Party" fashion show. Organized by the Chamber of Commerce to highlight the fruit and vegetables grown in the Rio Grande Valley, area citizens created and modeled clothing made from local fruit, vegetables, and flowers. Mildred is wearing a long evening dress made out of fruits and/or vegetables. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth21165/
[Catherine James]
An Entry in Weslaco's annual "Birthday Party" fashion show. Organized by the Chamber of Commerce to highlight the fruit and vegetables grown in the Rio Grande Valley, area citizens created and modeled clothing made from local fruit, vegetables, and flowers. Catherine is wearing a colonial garment which was definitely perishable. As is evident, this garment was made of purple cabbage leaves and trimmed in curly parsley. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth21166/
Fay Wilson
An Entry in Weslaco's annual "Birthday Party" fashion show. Organized by the Chamber of Commerce to highlight the fruit and vegetables grown in the Rio Grande Valley, area citizens created and modeled clothing made from local fruit, vegetables, and flowers. Miss Wilson is a wearing a 1935, long, evening dress made of fruits and/or vegetables. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth21167/
[Mrs. Tom Graham]
An Entry in Weslaco's annual "Birthday Party" fashion show. Organized by the Chamber of Commerce to highlight the fruit and vegetables grown in the Rio Grande Valley, area citizens created and modeled clothing made from local fruit, vegetables, and flowers. Mrs. Graham is wearing a long evening dress made out of 155 bouganvilleas and button mums. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth21168/
[Contestant 47]
An Entry in Weslaco's annual "Birthday Party" fashion show. Organized by the Chamber of Commerce to highlight the fruit and vegetables grown in the Rio Grande Valley, area citizens created and modeled clothing made from local fruit, vegetables, and flowers. Young lady wearing a dress made out of flowers. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth21169/
[Contestant 46]
An Entry in Weslaco's annual "Birthday Party" fashion show. Organized by the Chamber of Commerce to highlight the fruit and vegetables grown in the Rio Grande Valley, area citizens created and modeled clothing made from local fruit, vegetables, and flowers. Young lady wearing a long evening dress made out of fruit and/or vegetables. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth21170/
[Billie Marion Parks]
An Entry in Weslaco's annual "Birthday Party" fashion show. Organized by the Chamber of Commerce to highlight the fruit and vegetables grown in the Rio Grande Valley, area citizens created and modeled clothing made from local fruit, vegetables, and flowers. Billie Marion Parks is wearing an evening dress made out of chili peppers, 13000 pumpkin seeds and turnips. This same dress was on the cover of the National Geographic Magazine. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth21171/
[Contestant 53]
An Entry in Weslaco's annual "Birthday Party" fashion show. Organized by the Chamber of Commerce to highlight the fruit and vegetables grown in the Rio Grande Valley, area citizens created and modeled clothing made from local fruit, vegetables, and flowers. Young lady wearing a long evening gown with cape and hat made out of citrus. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth21172/
[Contestant 46]
An Entry in Weslaco's annual "Birthday Party" fashion show. Organized by the Chamber of Commerce to highlight the fruit and vegetables grown in the Rio Grande Valley, area citizens created and modeled clothing made from local fruit, vegetables, and flowers. Contestant wearing a long gown made of fruits and/or vegetables. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth21173/
[Contestant 45]
An Entry in Weslaco's annual "Birthday Party" fashion show. Organized by the Chamber of Commerce to highlight the fruit and vegetables grown in the Rio Grande Valley, area citizens created and modeled clothing made from local fruit, vegetables, and flowers. This contestant is wearing a dress made out of white mums. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth21174/
[Mary Ann Wall]
An Entry in Weslaco's annual "Birthday Party" fashion show. Organized by the Chamber of Commerce to highlight the fruit and vegetables grown in the Rio Grande Valley, area citizens created and modeled clothing made from local fruit, vegetables, and flowers. Mary Ann is wearing a dress and hat made out of chilli peppers. The jacket and trim were of yellow button mums. Eight lbs of peppers were used . Took 650 hours to complete. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth21175/
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