Gloves, Fashionable Clothing Featured in Bay Village Historical Society Exhibit: West Shore Chatter

BAY VILLAGE, Ohio – Once upon a time, gloves were an important part of a woman’s wardrobe.

Dr. Marie Albano, a local dentist and Bay Village Historical Society volunteer with an interest and expertise in historical clothing, researched the gloves and shared her findings with the historical society. The company found photos to accompany Albano’s information, which can be viewed in the “Glimpse of the Past” section of the BVHS website. Cathy Flament, president of the BVHS and director of the Rose Hill Museum, created an article with some of Albano’s material and called it “Fashion Diva Fun: Gloves”.

Additionally, other fashions with an emphasis on the 1920s are on display at Rose Hill. Those interested are encouraged to stop by the museum from 2-4:30 p.m. Sunday through December. Free entry. Rose Hill, the former Cahoon family estate, is located at 27715 Lake Road, Bay Village, in Cahoon Memorial Park.

According to Albano’s research, the word “glove” comes from the Anglo-Saxon word “glof” which means palm tree. The term for measuring a glove is the word button. It starts at the base of the thumb and is equal to a French inch, which is slightly larger than a US inch. Therefore, a one-button glove is the length of the wrist, while a four- to six-button glove extends halfway to the elbow. A formal length is a 16 button glove. This is a measurement, not the number of buttons on the glove.

Sometimes the wealthy and royalty embellished their gloves with pearls and precious stones. Samples of these gloves can be seen in museums.

Mittens, sometimes called mittens, were a Victorian accessory, Albano said. Fingerless gloves were fashionable in the 1830s-1840s for day and evening – short for day and long for evening. These went into fashion until the late 1880s, she said, noting that in the 1900s they were often used as an accessory for wedding ensembles.

Throughout the Victorian and Edwardian periods, gloves were a symbol of kindness, Albano noted. She said that the social status of a lady or a gentleman could be determined by the quality of their gloves.

There were 140 glove factories in Gloversville, New York in the late 1800s to supply men’s work gloves. These factories produced 2/3 of the country’s men’s work gloves. She said the annual production was $20,000,000 for this city alone.

After the 1970s, gloves declined as a fashion accessory. However, Albano noted that a “gloved hand can also be mysterious and seductive”.

In the Rose Hill glove collection there are two black lace fingerless gloves in an open net pattern with the row pattern. The glove has a design of dots in a triangular pattern near the fingers and diagonal lines near the top.

The museum also has a pair of classic-length, rust-colored cloth gloves featuring a triangular shape cut from the front center hem, a plastic insert, and the same repeating insert on the thumb. Hand-stitched beige stitching highlights the front fingers, thumb base, bottom hem and triangle detailing.

Flament said the Osborn Learning Center is open the same hours as the museum. The Learning Center features exhibits ranging from Eliot Ness and the “untouchables” to the Sam Sheppard murder case. It also houses various research documents from visitors to the BVHS archives.

She said donations and memberships help keep artifacts preserved and accessible to everyone. To donate, visit For more information or to volunteer, call 440-871-7338 or email [email protected]

Additionally, BVHS invites everyone to experience the true story of Johnny Appleseed at the upcoming BVHS Osborn Learning Center porch lecture at 2:15 p.m. on August 7. The Osborn Learning Center is in Cahoon Park, near the Rose Hill Museum.

A lot of people think Johnny Appleseed is a fictional character, but he was a frontier pioneer in Ohio. Beryl Prusinoski will talk about Johnny Appleseed and the conditions faced by early settlers in Ohio.

Participants must bring their own lawn chairs. Visit for more information.

The Rocky River Public Library offers a variety of programs for patrons of all ages. (Carol Kovach/special at

At the library: Students who have completed grades 4 to 6 are invited to enroll in a program in which they will learn how to make “solar snacks”. The program will take place at 3 p.m. on July 28 at the Rocky River Public Library, 1600 Hampton Road, Rocky River. Students will build solar ovens and, weather permitting, take them outside and use the sun’s energy to bake a treat.

Rocky River author Malcolm Wood, who has a five-novel series under contract with WordFire Press and a self-published crime/thriller series of four, will discuss his writing career and share his work at 7 p.m. on August 4 at the RRPL Auditorium. Books will be on sale at the event. No registration is required for this event.

Visit for more information on these and other library events.

Community meal: Clague Road United Church of Christ and Church of the Redeemer in Westlake will co-sponsor a free take-out meal from 4:30 p.m. until food runs out on July 30. Those interested in a meal should come to the back door of Clague Road UCC, 3650 Clague Road, North Olmsted, and volunteers – masked and gloved – will bring a meal to your car. Everyone is welcome.

Membership Chair Opening: The Friends of Rocky River Public Library is looking for a new chair for the board. The term runs from July 2022 to August 2023. Duties of the Membership Officer include maintaining and matching membership data in MS Excel, sending renewal reminders and communicating with the Treasurer. To inquire about the position or the group of friends, email [email protected]

Ladies’ Day: Reservations are due by August 31 for the Ladies’ Day Program presented by Westlake Community Services at 11 a.m. September 7. The program will focus on the late United States Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

A Women in History re-enactor will play Ginsburg, who was named by President Bill Clinton as the second female Supreme Court Justice.

The event includes a hot lunch of lemon basil chicken, couscous grilled vegetables and dessert. The cost is $12.

Westlake Community Services is located at 28975 Hilliard Blvd., Westlake. Dial 440-899-3548.

Carrier programs: The Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road, Westlake, will host a baby beach party at 10 a.m. on July 28 for children up to age 2. There will be beach-themed stories, songs, rhymes and more. Participants can bring beach towels or blankets and sunglasses. Registration is requested.

A similar program will be offered at 2 p.m. on July 28 for preschoolers ages 3-5. Registration is requested.

A brick building program for ages 5 to 12 will be offered at 4 p.m. on July 29. Bricks (Legos) will be provided. No registration is required, but there is room capacity, so the program is first come, first served.

Don’t forget that the Westlake-Bay Village Rotary Art Festival will take over the library lawn from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on July 30. The free event will feature dozens of performers, food and drink, and music throughout the day. Parking is available next to Westlake Elementary School.

Come Play With Me, an open recess for ages 2-5 and one caring adult (siblings welcome) will be offered at 2 p.m. July 31 at the PPL. with a caring adult. No registration required, but room capacity is limited for this first-come, first-served program.

To register for any of the programs, visit

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Luz W. German