When this photo appeared in the Valley Times in 1961, the accompanying text read, “Five generations of the Prince family were on hand to help celebrate the 90th birthday of Mrs. Emma E. Prince, a woman who honeymooned to the San Fernando Valley in 1893 and decided to stay.”
I love the generational story told in the clothes. Emma Prince wears a shirtwaist style dress, and so does her daughter to her right. (She looks very much like my own grandmother, Madge.) Although I’ve been known to criticize polka dots, I love the crisp look of the daughter’s dress as well as the generous pockets.
While the older women stuck to the shirtwaist style so popular with their age group, the granddaughter and and her own daughter both chose sheath dresses, a more fashion forward look. The great granddaughter, in her simple black sheath, looks the most modern of all. She is also the only one without a necklace. Did she decided to go with simplicity, or did her kids tug her necklace too often to make it a practical choice?
That is one big cake!