Jumper Dress, about 1918


This dress was worn by Elizabeth Virginia Palmer Bradfield.It is a lovely, loose fitting dress of "reform movement" styling. Elizabeth Virginia Palmer Bradfield was born in to one of Michigan's oldest mining families in 1875 in Port Huron, MI.Her grandfather, Charles Henry Palmer, was a pioneer investor and developer of mines and railroads in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Her father, Charles Henry Palmer, Jr. continued to run his father's businesses and expanded them, with mines in Montana, Colorado, and Mexico.In 1896, she married Thomas Parks Bradfield. They lived in Grand Rapids, MI until 1904 and later settled in Pontiac, MI, where she lived until her death in 1954. They had two children, Virginia Palmer Bradfield Ward and Thomas Palmer Bradfield. Elizabeth Virginia Palmer Bradfield studied sculpture in Paris, and went on to be an accomplished sculptress. Her work was shown at the Scarab Club in Detroit, in their annual Exhibition of Michigan Artists from 1914-1933. In 1914, the Scarab Club honored her sculpture "Myra" with their first presentation of the annual Scarab Hopkin Prize for Sculpture.

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