Costume collection manager Jessica Pushor provides tips on how to create the perfect look for 1933.
As the Chicago History Museum gears up for another amazing The Last Speakeasy on the Eve of Repeal event, please remember that toy guns of any kind are not permitted in the Museum nor are feathers. No feather fans, no feather boas, no feathers in hat bands, no feather hair decorations. If a bird made it, you will not be allowed in wearing it! But, why?
Chicagoans celebrate the repeal of Prohibition at Hotel Brevoort’s world-famous Crystal Bar, 1933. Photograph by the Chicago Daily News, Inc. DN-A-4954
Feathers are largely made from a type of protein called keratin, which is an extremely attractive food source for insects, such as beetles and moths. Feathers can also harbor insect eggs. Insects are ravenous eaters, capable of quickly chewing holes in fur, leather, wool, and silk. If an infestation were to occur, it could result in irreversible damage to the Museum’s collection.
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