Greek Dolls from The 1934 Chicago Exposition

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Alexander and Helen from Greece. They came to this country to represent Greek dolls at the Century of Progress Exposition held in Chicago in 1933 and 1934. When the sun’s rays hit Helen’s shiny costume, the shimmering colors shine like sunlight on the sea. Costumes like this are worn by women who live near the Mediterranean.

Alexander is dressed like members of the royal guard. In Scotland his pleated skirt was called a petticoat, but in Greece it is called a “fastanella”.

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