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BY CAROLINE TANSKI
Vintage mink coat, good condition.
Brought back, incongruously, from New Guinea at the end of World War II.
Presented to Beatrice Moran by William Tanski on the day he returned, when she met his ship in San Francisco. They were married soon after.
Coat does not come from smoke-free, pet-free home.
Faint water mark on lining, near hem. Most likely whiskey.
Pockets may contain vintage powder compact, ancient tube of pink lipstick, handkerchief.
If pockets do contain ancient tube of pink lipstick, contact seller about matching kitten-heeled pumps.
Vintage blue and green silk robe, fair condition.
Brought back from South Korea. Presented to Beatrice Tanski by William Tanski, 1952.
Intricately embroidered dragon on back. Frayed piping around cuffs and neckline.
William called to service in Korea while Beatrice was pregnant with their second
daughter. Beatrice gave birth in 1950, and William returned in 1952. Reunion not smooth.
Small holes visible on body and sleeves of dress. Either moth holes or cigarette burns.
Vintage one-shouldered silk dress, good condition.
Fitted bodice with sweetheart neckline. Full skirt, many petticoats, label reads “Cotillion.”
Bought by Beatrice Tanski and William Tanski in New York, circa 1953, after the birth of three daughters.
Worn to the Officers Club, accessorized with heels, pearls, and Shalimar.
Light silk fabric. Gray background with white and pink botanical print, resembles peonies.
Similar to dresses Beatrice might have worn while modeling, had she not stopped modeling when she married.
Zipper fused from years spent folded in box in dark Pennsylvania basement. Can be repaired.
Vintage blue damask dress, excellent condition.
Genuine German dirndl, worn by Beatrice Tanski in Munich, 1954-1958, after the birth of her fifth and last child.
Faint, lingering smells of beer, hay, and smoke cling to fabric.
Images by Lunabelle Photography
Vintage gold brocade skirt suit, good condition.
Three pieces: pencil skirt, shell, jacket.
Worn by Beatrice Tanski at Fort Leonard Wood, 1964-1967, while William was stationed in Saudi Arabia.
Most likely worn during Beatrice’s brief career in television broadcast, cut short when William returned from Saudi Arabia and they moved back to Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.
Faded stain on sleeve of jacket, possible remnants of a martini. Or a pot roast.
If interested, contact seller about matching gold clutch. Clutch may contain vintage powder compact, handkerchief, ancient tube of pink lipstick.
Vintage pink chiffon dress.
Worn by Beatrice Tanski, circa 1968, the year William took a job in Philadelphia and took up with another woman.
Large rhinestone appliquÃ© at waist, jewel neckline.
Fabric is worn in several spots.
If interested, contact seller about matching pillbox hat with birdcage veil, matching clutch, and matching kitten-heeled pumps.
Image by Lunabelle Photography
Vintage black chiffon dress with rhinestones, fair condition.
Presented to Beatrice Tanski by William Tanski, circa 1969, the year he left the job in Philadelphia.
Black chiffon over acetate lining. Shift dress with long, sheer, dramatic sleeves.
Neckline and wrists ringed with rhinestones.
Small hole at top of left sleeve. Has worsened over time.
Cannot be repaired.
Caroline is a native of Bar Harbor, Maine. She holds an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Chatham University, and you can find more of her work in burntdistrict. Caroline says, “I’ve been enthralled by fashion for as long as I can remember–I believe that how we dress is an opportunity to make personal and political statements every day, as well as a chance to maintain playfulness past childhood.”