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What to Wear on a California Vacation, 1914

Although this group had hiked up a small hill for the photograph, the chauffer-looking fellow in the background makes me think that they were probably traveling by car.  Some had dressed for exercise more than others.  The youngest woman, second … Continue reading

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Spring Outfits for Mother and Daughter

Appearances alone should be enough to identify these two women as mother and daughter, but each photo also has “Mom, me” written on the back.  On the left we see them in stylish hats and spring coats.  The daughter has … Continue reading

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Cold Legs, Warm Heart

“Snow the Winter of ’79,” it reads on the back of this snapshot.  Lets hope she had someone helping her shovel her walk. Our woman was bundled up against the cold, putting on an old fur coat (maybe from the … Continue reading

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Women Voting, 1944

This imaginative photograph comes from the 1944 presidential election. Voting took place as American troops were still fighting in Europe and Asia. Sitting President Franklin D. Roosevelt won 81% of the popular vote.  Such a landslide is unthinkable in today’s … Continue reading

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Mother and Daughter, 1925

Given all the facial similarities, these two are obviously mother and daughter. They even have very similar hairstyles. The photo offers clear evidence of what aging does to facial features. The mother’s cheeks are sagging, the lines around her mouth … Continue reading

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Three Generations, 1920s

Three generation photos are some of my very favorites because they offer a chance to see how different age groups interpreted, or ignored, current styles. This might be a grandmother, daughter, and granddaughter, although the faces are quite fuzzy. Judging … Continue reading

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Louise Nevelson’s Chinchilla Lined Coat

Once described as “a cross between Catherine the Great and a bag lady,” the artist Louise Nevelson (1899-1988) was an eccentric dresser. Born in the Russian Empire and raised in Maine, she left for New York as soon as she … Continue reading

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On the Road, ca. 1942

In my rag tag photo collection, I have many snap shots of older women posing in front of cars. Often they radiate the pride of possession, but these two don’t. They also don’t give the impression of living in the … Continue reading

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Swing Coat, 1950s

Everything coordinates here, from the hat to the shoes. This stylish older woman wears a swing coat (sometimes called a pyramid coat), which extends down from the shoulder out to a wide hem. It was a very popular style in … Continue reading

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Season’s Greetings from Birdie Parsons, 1944

In my experience, Christmas cards with photos usually depict parents and children, or just the children in the household. This is only the second one I’ve seen showing an older woman alone. I discovered it on the Digital Public Library … Continue reading

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