Category Archives: 1950s

Mother and Daughter, 1957

When did daughters begin to dress much differently than their mothers?  You often read that the big dividing point came in the 1960s. Then many young women abandoned the pearls and gloves of their mother’s generation and began wearing clothes … Continue reading

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Dorothy Thompson Wears a Size 20, 1955

Known for her hard hitting reportage about global and national politics, famous journalist Dorothy Thompson (1893-1961) was also interested in clothes.  In 1955, she wrote a column called “I Wished They’d Remember Me” in which she lamented the lack of … Continue reading

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Guests at the Wedding

Family snapshots are my bread and butter, so I was very happy to discover a new source on the website  Scattered throughout the pages were several photos of the same wedding. Someone dated them 1948, but the clothes tell … Continue reading

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The World of Mrs. Exeter

If you have been reading this blog for any length of time, you know my fascination with Mrs. Exeter, an older woman of fashion invented by Vogue magazine after World War Two.  She was featured on the magazine’s pages for … Continue reading

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Ann Lowe, Custom Designer for the Upper Crust

Ann Lowe (1898-1981) was the first African American to open a custom dress studio on Madison Avenue in Manhattan. During the fifties and sixties, she was a favorite designer for the moneyed elite, creating debutante and wedding dresses. Perhaps her … Continue reading

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Older Women in Pants, Mid-Century Edition

It isn’t easy to find photos of older women in pants before World War Two, although I am doing my best to uncover them.  After the Second World War, the numbers climb.  We can credit the same explanation often given … Continue reading

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Turbans and the Older Woman

Do you associate certain kinds of hats with certain age groups?  At the beginning of the twenty century, the bonnet tied under the chin was linked to older women.  For me, it is the turban that I associate with this … Continue reading

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Tobé Coller Davis–the First Lady of Fashion Forecasting

If you read about the history of the American garment industry, it doesn’t take long to come across the name Tobé Coller Davis (1888-1962).  After a varied career in clothing companies and department stores, she opened a fashion forecasting company … 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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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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