I really didn’t mean to take a May-to-September vacation from this blog. So it’s nice to return by recommending a pleasant short film that has lots of pretty 1913 dresses in it!
Thanks to Movies Silently for writing about the film Pumps, made in 1913. Click here for an illustrated review of this less-than-nine-minutes long movie, which really is charming. (Anyone who has ever worn cute (but uncomfortable) shoes to a dance can relate!)
We get to see several ball gowns, and our heroine also appears in some lovely day dresses, which gives me an excuse to watch it again…. Actors usually supplied their own wardrobe in the early days of movie-making. Don’t miss the gowns on the extras, either! Seeing live women in real clothing, rather than fashion illustrations, is always a treat.
I don’t happen to have any photos from 1913, (Movies Silently shows several stills from Pumps) but the styles of late 1912 show the same high waistlines (and back views that do not minimize the hips.)
10 responses to “A Silent Movie About Dancing Pumps: Short and Sweet”
I loved it! So nice to hear from you again.
You inspired me. Thanks.
So funny–reminds me of my great aunt!
My mother and her sister were proud of having small feet. As they grew older, they continued to buy the same size shoes, and wondered why they hurt!
Fun little film–thanks for the recommendation!
Enjoyed that, thanks!
bonnie in provence
Her evening coat was DIVINE! Much better than the kimono type things we are all flapping about in. And, so funny! Thank you!
I’ve missed you!
It is nice to see you back, Since you announced that you didn’t write much because of your hand problem
How is your hand doing now ???
Thank you for asking. My hand and wrist are much better, but old age brings other problems 😊, so everything takes longer / more effort than it used to. I have been watching more current fashion on YouTube , taking notes so I can recommend some interesting sites. I hope 2022 will be a good year for you!