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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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The Changing Seasons in Iowa, 1953

The contrast of the clothing drew me to this picture.  The family group—mother, two daughters, and son—are dressed up for chilly weather, while the two women on the left are wearing light colored summery clothing.  I’m thinking someone snapped the … Continue reading

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The Garrison Family at Schroon Lake, 1908

Well known for their progressive politics, the Garrison family was involved in the abolition movement, efforts to repeal the Chinese Exclusion Act, and the fight for women’s suffrage. This photo comes from the Garrison Family collection at the Smith College archives.  … Continue reading

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Mother’s Day in Milwaukee, 1963

  I love geometrics—give me a stripe over a flower any day. Mother’s Day is a flowery holiday, and the grandmother’s and granddaughter’s head gear give nod in this direction. However, the clothes in this three generation composition have the … Continue reading

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Mother and Daughter, 1960s

In preparation for Mother’s Day, I thought I would share some favorite Mother/daughter photos. This one is of particular historic significance because it memorializes the pink plastic curlers that I remember so distinctly from my youth. Was the daughter preparing … 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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Puck’s Greeting to the New Year, 1898

The satirical magazine Puck was not always nice to the new woman of the late nineteenth century.  In this drawing, however, she is presented as a breath of fresh air, bringing flowers and a taste of Spring. It is the … Continue reading

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A Georgia Grandmother in Pants, ca. 1934

What we call pants today were once known by many other names—bloomers, knickers, knickerbockers, trousers, and even pajamas.  I was reminded of the latter name by a 1931 Vogue article “Pyjamas—When Are They Worn?” The article uses the term pyjamas  … Continue reading

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Book Review: American Style and Spirit

How do we know what people wore in the past?  There are many places to look—family photographs, letters, receipts, and of course the clothes themselves. Now imagine if you had all of these things and more, including pattern books, tear … Continue reading

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“We Are Getting There Fast,” 1895

When women took up bicycles in a big way in the 1890s, it resulted in a kind of moral panic in the media about the potential effects of women wearing bloomers (or what we would today call knickerbockers.)  Women took … Continue reading

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