This heart-trimmed costume for a little girl caught my eye.
Oddly, she is accompanied by “Martha Washington.”
The Continental gentleman is accompanied by “Uncle Sam” and either Miss America or Miss Liberty (they “are synonomous.”)
Apparently, Butterick was trying to supply patterns ahead of time for the 4th of July celebrations and pageants held all over small-town America. Of course, masquerade parties were popular all year round, not just at Halloween.
Happy Saint Valentine’s Day — and why is there no costume for him?
“No record exists of romantic celebrations on Valentine’s Day prior to a poem Chaucer wrote around 1375. In his work “Parliament of Foules,” he links a tradition of courtly love with the celebration of St. Valentine’s feast day–an association that didn’t exist until after his poem received widespread attention. The poem refers to February 14 as the day birds (and humans) come together to find a mate. When Chaucer wrote, “For this was sent on Seynt Valentyne’s day / Whan every foul cometh ther to choose his mate,” he may have invented the holiday we know today.” — from History.com