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Florida Flapper, 1924

This woman isn’t really a flapper, a term most accurately applied only to very young women. However, she has certainly embraced key elements of the 1920s style.  She wears a dropped waist dress decorated with pleats and pintucks to add … Continue reading

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Exercise Classes at Century Village, 1973

In the 1970s, the Environmental Protection Agency of US government sponsored a photo documentation project inspired in part by the efforts by the Farm Security Administration (FSA) during the Great Depression. Called Docuamerica, the project lasted from 1972 to 1978 … Continue reading

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Two Elderly African American Women, St. Augustine Florida

This beautiful photo comes from the Richard Twine collection, available at the extraordinary site, Florida Memory. Twine was an African American photographer who documented the St. Augustine neighborhood of Lincolnville, the center of black life in the city in the … Continue reading

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New Year’s Eve in Fort Lauderdale, 1969

Wouldn’t it be fun to know this band’s name and the venue where they were playing? The record from Florida Memory doesn’t say, and I turned up nothing online. The two women left and middle are nowhere near fifty, but … Continue reading

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Marching for the Equal Rights Amendment in Florida

In 1972, the US congress passed an Equal Rights Amendment that was sent to the states for ratification. It never won the requisite number of state endorsements for inclusion in the constitution. In Florida, the struggle for state approval went … Continue reading

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Heading Out, 1928

This beautiful portrait by Florida botanist J. K. Small shows an older woman and child on the steps of their house. I found it on the website Florida Memory. Since Small mainly took photographs of the flora of the Everglades, … Continue reading

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Christmas Party, 1960s

This expressive photo from the Florida State Archives shows a party at the office of the Afro-American Life Insurance Company in Jacksonville, Florida. Although it is undated, the clothes are from the sixties. Looking at the shoes, my keen eyed … Continue reading

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Maree’s Fashion Cycle

Those who study fashion as consumption try to determine when and for what reason people buy clothes. For a long time, the assumption was that older people tended to buy fewer clothes as they aged. Why? Often they have a … Continue reading

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Sewing for World War Two

When I think of women going into industry during the Second World War, Rosie the Riveter comes to mind.  However, there were also many war related jobs that involved sewing skills.  Entire factories, like the Cincinnati plant that made Fashion … Continue reading

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Honor Your Archivist

One of my favorite photo streams on Flikr is the State Library and Archives of Florida.  To mark Women’s History Month, they have been posting photos of important Florida women.  This one shows Dorothy Dodd, the state’s first archivist, being … Continue reading

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