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Tuesday, August 23, 2011
The museum received a collection of fascinating items from a Durango native yesterday. The Durango Herald-Democrat from February 8, 1948 announced "Feminine Fashions for Spring", and we have one of the dresses that was featured on the front page and a photograph of the model. We also acquired the bomber jacket and dress uniform (Class A) of the fiance of the model, a World War II pilot who was killed in action over Burma, along with the official telegram, letter, and posthumous Medal of Honor given to his family. These items speak of both the stress of a gruesome war and the excitement of post-war consumerism during the 1940s, which even this small mountain town felt and experienced firsthand.