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Fingernail Polish Ads from 1917 to 1937

By 1931, the liquid product we call “nail polish” was widely available, but there was an earlier way to shine your fingernails: nail polish powder. It persisted into the 1920’s. Back in the 1940s, my mother still had her old … Continue reading

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A Mystery Corset: 1820’s ?

NOTE: I thought this post was published on Sept. 16, 2017; I even received helpful  comments and updated it — but it’s not listed as published on my dashboard — so, forgive  if you received two notifications on it. Mysterious, … Continue reading

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“Service Suits” for Girls, Boys, and Women in 1917

Butterick pattern 8070 for a boy’s “military suit” from 1917 was part of a trend: “service suits” and military dress for civilians. Butterick offered so many variations on “Service uniforms” for adult women, I worry that some women spent more … Continue reading

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Formal Styles for October, 1926

“1016 — Paris meets the formal demands of Autumn and Winter with frocks suitable for weddings and receptions, for luncheons, tea and bridge. The cut rather than the fabric makes the difference in this mode, for satin crepe, crepe de … Continue reading

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World War I Paper Dolls, 1917

A little while ago I wrote about a series of paper dolls based on silent movies. Later in 1917, after the U.S. entered World War I, Delineator magazine gave children a new set of heroes. This change of emphasis extended … Continue reading

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Beauty Advice from the Nineteen Twenties: Keep Your Chin(s) Up

The cherubs turn away in distress from the sight of a double chin. In this 1918 ad for rubber reducing garments, a chin strap could be bought for seventy-five cents. Elizabeth Arden ran a series of ads with this disturbing … Continue reading

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Back to School Clothes, Fall 1927

There’s a lot to like about these outfits; for one thing, they have the proportions I think of as “Twenties’ Style.” I was pleased — and surprised — to find that many of these patterns were also sized for mature … Continue reading

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Pajamas for Girls and Women, 1920’s

I was working on these images of 1920’s pajamas when The Vintage Traveler showed this photo of 1920’s pajamas at the beach, dated 1929. Lizzie said she is tracing the progress of pajamas from bedroom to beach in the Twenties, … Continue reading

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The Glamour of Spanish Combs and Embroidered Shawls

Imagine that you need to advertise a fine product, but one not known for excitement. Your ad needs to be eye-catching, beautiful, and hint at luxury — and it has to appeal to women. P.S. Sex appeal won’t hurt. The … Continue reading

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Embroidery Ideas from 1927: Sports Motifs and More

The oriental motifs on the scarf look a bit bigger than 5 3/4 inches…. Artistic license, presumably. But for me, the delight of this particular set of transfers is the women playing sports : tennis, golf, and polo. You could … Continue reading

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