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Object Name Combination
Catalog Number 2012.016.02
Description Women's undergarment. White cotton, with lace trim on bodice and around skirt/legs edges. The waist has a ribbon inserted through eyelet lace for a drawstring. Stamped label sewn into waist says: "The Leona Three Piece Suit, Patented Feb. 7, 1906, La Crosse, Wis." Condition good, but artifact is not unused. Yellowing stains on one lace strap and on lace on leg bottom. Very small size; Family history states that the Leona's inventor, Leona Linker, was a very small woman, and this article was passed down in the family from her estate, so it seems likely that it could have been worn by her.
Other Name Leona
Collection LCHS Undergarment Collection
Year Range from 1905
Year Range to 1920
Provenance Belonged to donor's great-aunt, Leona Foerster Linker.
Owned By Leona Linker
Found By Leona Linker
Place of Origin La Crosse, Wisconsin
People Linker, Leona
Search Terms Leona
Made in La Crosse