Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Alas poor Martha, we thought we knew ye

Sequined purple satin shoes sound like something that our current First Lady Mrs. O would wear, but apparently these beauties (which once also had gold buckles) adorned the feet of none other than the first First Lady, Martha Washington, on her wedding day to George.
The dumpy, frumpy image we have of her is based on a few portraits painted after her death. Through the magic of computerized age-regression -- and a better look at the life of a woman whose story was overshadowed by the legacy of her famous husband -- it turns out she was a head-turner, a smart business woman, a reader of gothic romances and a stylish dresser. Read more in this great article from the Washington Post.

6 comments:

Raina said...

I saw those pictures - she looked super sassy. Life was hard back then - no?

P.S. My great great great great great grandfather served under Washington and fought at Valley Forge. Odd to think he most likely would have met the Mrs.

P said...

Oh, I love her looks. I'm super into Dolley Madison too - she used to wear ostrich feathers to Presidential dinners. That's what I call a hostess.

david santos said...

Nice shoes and pretty colors!!!
Congratulations!!!!

twoladiesinwaiting.com said...

First of all, I love that article. Thank you. That was just the dose of nerdy oldentimesiness that I needed today. Second, Martha was a babe.

Julia @ Hooked on Houses said...

I loved that article. I have to say I never imagined Martha Washington dancing around in purple shoes like this! How fun.

hmstrjam said...

loved the article and especially the shoes! love that your cat loves pancakes! so cute! or maybe just the sweet syrup?