Author Archives: Lynn

Considering the Matron

You don’t see the word matron much anymore, but it was an important term of reference in fashion writing in the early twentieth century.  Since I’m fascinated by synonyms (and euphemisms) for “old,” I used the search engines for women’s … Continue reading

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Bessie McHugh from her Thirties to her Sixties

“On a steamer going to Catalina, June 25, 1934. That was the way we celebrated Our Anniversary.” So reads the message on the back of this romantic photo.  It depicts John McHugh, born in Ireland in 1889, and his wife … Continue reading

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The Strappy Shoe of the 1920s

I love the elegant shapes of 1920s shoes, examined in some detail in the blog Witness2Fashion.  (See also here).  One fashion alternative from the era was the shoe with many straps.  I found a photo of a pair, this one … Continue reading

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Our Lady of the Parrots, 1941

“Touch and feed the animals at your own risk,” it says on the plaque behind this intrepid parrot lover.  The picture was taken somewhere in Florida in 1941.  Does anyone have any idea where? I don’t think I would be … Continue reading

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Happy New Year!

I won’t be wearing a wonderful champagne bottle dress on New Year’s eve, but I will be enjoying champagne. New Year’s Eve is my favorite holiday–no presents to worry about, no special foods (at least not in my household). There … Continue reading

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The Cheerful Granny of 1925

“’Shhh, here’s the bedtime story,’” the ad copy reads. “As easily as she finds the page in her book, Grandmother sets the dial of the Kennedy. Riotous fun stops.  The familiar voice of a friend whom the children love but … Continue reading

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Greetings of the Season—1952 and 2017

This card, badly faded, was sent out in 1952 with a holiday message on the front and a hand written note on the back.  Here’s the text of the short note: “45th w. anniv., 1907-1952. Henry and Birdie Davis.” Wouldn’t … Continue reading

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A California Christmas Party with Santa, 1966

The Women’s Sunday Morning Breakfast Club was an important institution in the African American community of Los Angeles. Like many women’s clubs, its members were well off with the time and money to work for charity.  We can see this … Continue reading

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“Ageless”

Do you look ageless?  I do not. In fact, I look every one of my sixty-seven years. That is not for lack of trying, as I am very susceptible to the siren song of skin care companies.  But upon seeing … Continue reading

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Mother and Daughter, Late 1920s

Was there ever a crueler fashion era for the older woman than the 1920s?  The preferred fashion shape made a woman with a matronly figure look like a big stuffed block or triangle.  The daughter on the left, whose dress … Continue reading

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