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On Chicago Streets, 1960s

Here are a few more photos from “Vivian Maier’s Chicago” rendered through my husband’s camera. Maier was born in 1926, so she was around forty when she took these photos of older women on Chicago streets. Perhaps her own status … Continue reading

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Vivian Maier’s Chicago

The Chicago History Museum is sponsoring an exhibit of the Chicago street photographer Vivian Maier (1926-2009).  There is a fascinating back story to her work.  New York born Maier made her home in Chicago from the 1950s until her death.  … Continue reading

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Jane Addams of Hull House

I’m in Chicago visiting my daughter, so I thought I would reflect once again on the wonders of this city. In interest of full disclosure, I should probably admit that I was born here and lived in the suburbs for … Continue reading

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Hats with Bows, 1948

The back of this photo says “Simpson Sisters,” and then in another hand gives the date of 1948.  I would love to know the back story here.  The sister posed in front has on what looks like a coat from … Continue reading

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A Sportswoman from the Sixties

Although Ann Bonfoey Taylor was interested in fashion all of her life, and even designed her own line of ski clothes in the 1940s, it was only in the 1960s that she achieved national status as fashion taste maker. Vogue, … Continue reading

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Edith Wilson in a Fox Fur

According to Fifty Years of Fashion published by Women’s Wear Daily in 1950, fox furs were big news in the first part of the twentieth century.  They were not made into coats but rather used as scarves or wraps, a … Continue reading

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The Ebell Club of Los Angeles, 1928

This past weekend, the LA Times featured a story on LA’s Ebell Club, a women’s institution founded in 1894 which is currently looking for new members.  Although I had seen a few pictures of the club on the LA Public … Continue reading

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Delila’s Christmas, 1957

Doesn’t this image of a very cheerful, single, older woman call out for a story?  Maybe Delila Pinegar was recently divorced and had just bought a new car with her settlement money.  Perhaps she was marking a successful year at … Continue reading

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Chicago Career Fair, 1962

This high quality photo comes from the Chicago Sun Times newspaper and documents a career fair that the newspaper sponsored in 1962.  Several of the attendees appear to be filling out paperwork, and no one looks happy. I’m guessing that … Continue reading

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Easter Sunday on Fifth Avenue, 1913

While many American women–young and old–were still wearing shirt waists in 1913 and beyond, the very stylish followed new silhouettes from Paris.  Paul Poiret and other Parisian designers introduced much slimmer styles, including some skirts that made it hard to … Continue reading

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