Back to wartime or post-war frocks. This is the cutest rayon dress ever, with that iconic swingy skirt that ’40s dresses often have and a wonderful relic from the ever-popular women’s bowling teams of the war years. Just like splashy musical movies, recreational activities like hometown sports were a great distraction from the reality of the times.
Anhauser-Busch or, more likely the local beer distributor, was the team sponsor. Hence, the Busch Bavarian Beer patches on front and back. The belt had the player’s name embroidered on it. Perfect features for costume-wear!
Without the patches, the dress is styled like many day dresses from that time. This one is probably from the late 1940s or, possibly, the early 1950s.
What a thrill to find it, and in excellent if not near perfect condition! You truly just never know . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY