The donor believed that this everyday dress belonged to Mary Wheeler George of East Calais, Vermont (the donor found the dress amongst the things in the house when she purchased it). Mary Wheeler was born October 1861 in Woodbury, Vermont, and married Arthur P. George on March 27, 1887. Shortly before their marriage, he purchased the farm on which they lived for the rest of their lives. This is a ready-made example of easily laundered dresses (they were called "wash" dresses), that could have been purchased at a local store or through mail-order catalogs. It was exhibited in Suiting Everyone: The Democratization of Clothing in America from 1974 to 1979.