Posted by: Cornwall Community Museum | September 6, 2013

Artifact of the Week – Paper dress, ca. 1967 and Eaton’s Cornwall.


Eaton’s of Canada, mail order store,  226 Pitt St., Mrs. Dorothy Hart, manageress.

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Psychedelic crepe paper dress, ca. 1967.  Size 15/16, price:  $7.00 plus PST (this was before HST).  In the 1960s North Americans believed that natural resources would never run out.  You wore a paper  dress once and then threw it away.  This example in the museum’s collection was never worn.  Gas was 21 cents a gallon, 17 cents during a price war, and draft beer was a dime a glass.  The minimum wage was 75 cents an hour.

Images ©Cornwall Community Museum

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