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Object Name Combination
Catalog Number 2005.015.01
Description Women's undergarment designed and made in La Crosse, WI. Called "The Leona," after its inventor and manufacturer, this is a "three-in-one" which consolidates camisole, drawers, and slip into one undergarment.
This Leona is constructed of a cream-colored fine cotton batsiste with a tattersall plaid woven in by varying the tread count. The skirt has a self-fabric ruffle and is trimmed with machine-made lace. The arms and neckline of the bodice are trimmed witht he same lace, and there is a pale green ribbon insert at the waist and neckline, which serve as drawstrings to adjust the fit.

There is a 2 button closure at the waist and one button at the neck. The bodice is otherwise open in front, and the skirt is also open in front, with overlapping sides. Each side of the skirt has a "built-in" leg, making the drawers part of the slip.

The label reads "Three Piece Suit Patented Feb. 7, 1905, La Crosse, Wis."
Other Name Leona
Collection LCHS Undergarment Collection
Year Range from 1905
Year Range to 1920
Provenance Found among the items in the estate of Marjorie Murphy
Dimensions L-35.5 inches
Length (in) 35.5
Dimension Details Skirt length is 20".
Place of Origin La Crosse, WI
People Linker, Leona
Murphy, Marjorie
Search Terms Leona
Combination
Undergarment
Made in La Crosse
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