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Mrs. Tilley's Tea Party
Lady Alice Tilley / Rachel Belyea / Gertrude Carpenter / Augusta Slipp

August Slipp

Augusta Slipp

And finally, Mrs. Tilley invited Ruth Augusta Slipp of Hampstead to tea. Part of an extensive collection of clothing, this wool suit illustrates the changing role of women as the 20th century began. Known as Aunt Gustie to her many relatives, Augusta Slipp was born 24 October 1862, the daughter of Reid Slipp and Phoebe Clark, Central Hampstead. Educated locally, Augusta never married but dedicated her life to the service of others. A staunch Baptist, Miss Slipp promoted the establishment of community Women's Missionary Societies whose efforts raised money for those men and women toiling in far off lands in the service of God. Augusta Slipp died in 1958 at the age of 96. Her legacy of church work is memorialized on her tombstone and on a simple brass plaque above her church pew that states " . . . active in Baptist Missions for over Fifty Years".

Not for Miss Slipp the ruffles and flourishes of earlier times but a simple and smart black suit that is all business, c. 1910. A high-necked silk blouse is balanced by a mid-calf skirt length that is a little daring for a strict Baptist, however it also illustrates the need for a busy women in her 40s to be unencumbered by flowing skirts around the ankles.

Augusta Slipp The straightforwardness of the ensemble does not overwhlem other finishing details such as the three button hem decoration on the left side or the fine stitching of the jacket. The jacket is embroidered with an Asian inspired motif on the lapels, edges and cuffs, again denoting the availability of the latest fashion trends in rural Queens County.

Augusta Slipp

 

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