So what are these southern belles doing posing in kimonos?
I'm speculating, of course, but I know that there was a craze for all things Japanese following the 1893 World Fair in Chicago, where a Japanese village introduced much of the western world to the mysterious land which had been closed to the outside till 1853.
And then too, there was The Mikado --possibly Gilbert and Sullivan's most popular operetta. It was performed widely and its songs were well known -- even, I believe, in southern Alabama.
I like to think that Ruby and Mabel and Pearl were playing at being the famous three little maids.
"Three little maids from school are we,
Pert as a schoolgirl well can be,
Filled to the brim with girlish glee ..."
And go HERE for a recipe for Japanese Fruitcake -- a popular Southern dessert in the early 1900's.
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