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Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of the Ebony Fashion Fair

Ever since my daughter moved to Chicago almost two years ago, I have become a regular at the Chicago History Museum.  Each time I visit, the museum has an exhibit that catches my eye.  This last trip in March was … Continue reading

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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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Final Fitting, 1966

This photograph from the Chicago Tribune shows the sewing instructor Essie Cannon, on the right, checking the fit on a coat made by Mary Davis, on the left.  Cannon was a teacher at the Midwest Senior Center in Chicago where … Continue reading

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A Chicago Family Album, 1920s

While visiting my daughter in the Chicago neighborhood of Andersonville, I came across this suite of photos in a local thrift store.  It looks like the pictures were taken on the same summer day sometime in the mid- to late … Continue reading

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Eunice Johnson—Fashion Leader and Activist

If you are not yet convinced that fashion is an inseparable part of social and political life, take a look at the long and influential career of Eunice W. Johnson, 1916-2010. Born in Selma Alabama, she moved to Chicago for … Continue reading

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Charles James, Recycler

I don’t have much call for evening dresses in my life, so while I admire the skills of a design wizard like Charles James I can’t imagine many of his clothes in my closet. However, coats are a different matter.  … Continue reading

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Charles James in Chicago

I am back in Chicago visiting my daughter—one last trip before the bad weather sets in.  As an added treat, I took in the Chicago History Museum’s fascinating exhibit on the fashion designer Charles James, who got his start in … 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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