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Up Like Little Soldiers: Wilson Garter for Children, 1917

I want to share this advertisement for a couple of reasons. First, there may be a collector of vintage underthings who has one of these contraptions and will appreciate the identification. Second, it is just one more example of the way America’s entrance … Continue reading

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Sewing Shirts for Soldiers: Women’s Work in the 1860’s and World War I

Derek Watson’s book Munby: Man of Two Worlds continues to be fascinating reading. Munby’s diaries record hundreds of conversations with Victorian working women. In 1860, a “sewing machine hand” told Munby that she earned 16 shillings a week, “working from 8 to 8 … Continue reading

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German Spies Pictured in Fashion Magazine, 1918

In high school, history was my least favorite subject. Now that I am older, I wish we had been encouraged to study history in a different way; I have always been interested in people and their daily lives. The faces … Continue reading

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Summer Dresses from Butterick, July 1918, Part 2

These summer outfits — with one exception — are really blouse and skirt combinations. The blouses deserve a close-up look: Dress 1007 is bluish, with a slight teal or gray tint. Its pockets and hem area are either embroidered or … Continue reading

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Trying to Put a Name to Forgotten Faces

Once a year (usually in December) I try to remind readers to use family get-togethers as an opportunity to bring out that box or scrapbook full of old family photos and go through them with the eldest members of the … Continue reading

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Clothing Patterns for Boys, 1920’s

I don’t mean to neglect clothing for men, but it evolves more slowly and less obviously than clothing for women. Seeing the great sweaters and knickers on the boys who visited Mount Lowe, I remembered that I’ve been compiling a … 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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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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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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The Persistence of Fashion

While looking through some family photos, I found a few good examples of the persistence of fashion — a reminder of the variety that can be found within a historical period. Fashion doesn’t change overnight — and it changes very … Continue reading

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