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A fan-dango, 1939

My mother, an artist, pianist, sculptor, architect, and product designer, had the wild idea to design and produce "Koroseal" dresses, evening gowns etc, at B.F. Goodrich in Akron Ohio in the mid 1930's. This wild idea followed her patented women's form fitting bathing cap idea, which helped launch Esther Williams swimming career. There was also an odd annual event in Akron, called the Akron Rubber City Ball, obviously a gala occasion fashioned in an earlier time. My mother -- Helen Wright Douglass -- designed and produced 10 gowns for this event. I found photos of them recently and thought some might enjoy seeing them from the little known outpost of fashion at the time -- Akron Ohio.

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Taken on September 11, 2003