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Colorful Fashions for April, 1926

These Butterick patterns for April, 1926, were illustrated by Marie L. Britton. I did not record all the pattern information, but, based on other issues of Delineator magazine, the illustration style distinguishes between dresses for women (usually sized up to … Continue reading

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100 Year Old Kodak Camera Ads from World War I

We take small, portable cameras for granted. But one hundred years ago, Kodak was putting pocket sized cameras into the hands of people who never had them before — including the men and boys who volunteered to fight in World … Continue reading

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Filet Crochet Lace 1917

There seems to have been a fashion for lingerie trimmed with this crocheted lace during the First World War era.  “Filet lace” is often recognizable by characteristic grid patterns, although quite complex shapes, such as butterflies and flowers, can be created. … Continue reading

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90 Years Ago: Daytime Fashions for April 1927

Since time forthe Easter Parade is approaching, lets take a closer look at the hats: Molyneux was one of the most influential designers of the late twenties. O’Rossen is almost forgotten today.  Another very successful French designer from the 1920’s … Continue reading

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Vintage Fur and Feather Update with Useful Links

Just because a fur coat is 100 years old does not necessarily mean that you can sell it without a permit. And you need to know your bird species if you are selling vintage hats. In fact, you need to … Continue reading

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Freckles and Freckle Creams, 1920s and Later

I’ve already written about skin bleaches from the 1920’s and 1930’s. I’ve also collected a number of ads for freckle removers, from several different makers, ranging from 1917 to the 1940’s. They use a standard advertising strategy: First, make women … Continue reading

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Vintage Store Raided; Vintage Furs from Endangered Species Confiscated

NOTE: This post was updated on 3/3/17 to include a link to the “Can I Sell It? Factsheet, A Guide to Plant and Wildlife Protection Laws” from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. In some cases, even the “100 years … Continue reading

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Unexpected Styles for the Expectant, from Vogue, 1924

What do these outfits have in common? That’s right. These are illustrations of maternity fashions which could be purchased or made to order. The idea was to dress, not in clothing designed specifically to provide comfort and convenience for an … Continue reading

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Coats, Suits, and Print dresses, March 1926

Some of the colors used here are now associated with an autumn palette, but these Spring clothes for women from March, 1926, have their own charm. Skirts were still below the knee, except for young girls, but the Art Deco … Continue reading

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More Fashions from McCall, July 1938

It’s such a pleasure to see full-color pattern illustrations; here are some more. Surprisingly, the gold colored garment on the left is a coat for summer; it could be made with longer sleeves for other seasons. For more stripes and … Continue reading

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