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Helen Rolfe Hopkins Thom (1869-1948), who was listed in the 1915 publication of "Woman’s Who’s Who of America," wore this sheer white muslin dress, which features a design of black braided trim entwined in floral motifs. After attending the first class of the Woman’s College of Baltimore City, now Goucher College, and graduating from Bryn Mawr College in 1891, Helen taught natural science in private schools for two years. She then served as the principal of Green Spring Valley School until her marriage to Hunt Reynolds Mayo Thom in 1900. She supported woman’s suffrage and was a member of the College Equal Suffrage League.



circa 1900


Cotton, glazed cotton, lace, cord, metal


Bodice: 18 inches (length - neck to waist), 40 inches (bust), 13.5 inches (shoulder), 27 inches (waist); Skirt: 43 inches (length), 27 inches (waist)

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Gift of Mrs. Robert Dixon Bartlett.

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