12 April 2011

Bell Canada Thinks I'm Ontarian

I'm not. But every time I try to pay them on the internet I have to reset the geographical settings on the web site.

I've hit another procrastination wall, I'm afraid. I'm meant to be working on school assignments pretty much nonstop this coming week (and have been meant to the past week or so as well) and I have been dutifully avoiding beginning any new projects, have come to a temporary rather than a permanent solution to my room-clutter problems, and am pushing off all similar endeavours until after my exams are all in. However, instead of doing the work required for them I find I am just planning ahead for that time: I've spent the morning so far looking at pretty dress patterns, checking apartment listings on Craigslist, and listening to Andrew Jackson Jihad instead of editing the one essay or beginning the others.

I need to get things together! Shee-it.

Okay, off the computer to make (and then STICK TO!) a more serious study regimen, but as a parting shot:


My grandmother's wedding announcement, which I stumbled upon while doing some procrastinatory genealogical Google searching a while back. I love the descriptions of not just the bridal gown but the bridesmaids' dresses and even the bride's travelling costume: "a black and white tweed suit with black alpaca lining, cloche hat of black velour, and black kid accessories." I'm sure almost half of the words in the announcement are descriptions of clothing or bouquets.

Whoa, so I just looked at this uploaded and it's a bit illegible. Am going to transcribe the text because I'm a cool kid (and so I can avoid work a little longer):

BRIDE OF COUNCILMAN
Miss Elizabeth Broback, Donald H. Bagger Married Saturday in Presbyterian Church

Miss Elizabeth Claire Broback, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Juel Irvin Broback of 420 Wychwood road, became the bride of Donald Hartvig Bagger, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Rambusch Bagger of 636 Hyslip avenue, Saturday evening at an eight o'clock candlelight ceremony in the Presbyterian church. The minister, Rev. Dr. Robert M. Skinner, officiated. The church was decorated with ferns and white floral arrangements. Following the ceremony, there was a reception at The Monday Afternoon Club, Plainfield.

Escorted and given in marriage by her father, the bride wore a gown of ivory slipper satin with a portrait neckline trimmed in French Alencon lace, basque bodice, long pointed tightly fitting sleeves, and bouffant skirt falling into a flowing cathedral train. her long fingertip imported illusion veil was draped froma  half hat of matching sating and Alencon lace. She carried a prayer book with a marker of baby orchids and stephanotis. 

Miss Barbara Ann Broback of Westfield, sister of the bride, was maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Miss Martha Ellen Brumback of Toledo, Ohio; Mrs. James Alden Marsh of Danvers, Mass.; Mrs. James Painter MacEntosh of Westfield; and Mrs. Arthur Wellington Pinkham Jr. of Lee, Mass. All the attendants wore strapless gowns with bodices of purple velvet, coachman's style, and bouffant skirts of orchid nylon net with matching stoles. They carried semi-crescent bouquets of blush pink snapdragons, pink sweetheart roses, and small purple asters with matching floral headpieces. 

Norman Bruce Bagger of Westfield was best man for his brother. Serving as ushers were James Alden marsh of Danvers, Mass.; Kenneth Molling Schubert of Brooklyn, N.Y.; Emile Werly Grewell of Dunellen; and Harry George Donhauser of Springfield. 

For travelling the bride wore a black and white tweed suit with black alpaca lining, cloche hat of black velour, and black kid accessories. After a southern wedding trip, the couple will reside in Westfield.

Mrs. Bagger attended the University of Mexico, Mexico City, and was graduated from Wellesley College, class of 1950. Mr. Bagger is a graduate of Harvard College, class of 1947, where he was a member of Hasty Pudding Institute of 1770 club and Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. A Navy veteran of World War II, Mr. Bagger is secretary of the Newark Chamber of Commerce and since 1950 has been a councilman in Westfield.

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