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Turkey Shopping in Boston, 1952

After World War Two, American women began to expand the places where they felt comfortable wearing pants.  For the most part, grocery shopping was not on the fashion advisors’ list of proper places for such casual attire.  However, this perhaps … Continue reading

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Ann Frity and Daughters, 1926

You can really see the family resemblance in this photo of Ann Firty and her three daughters—Bell, Gertrude and Wynn.  All the relevant family information is penciled on the back of this snapshot, as well as the location of Quincy, … Continue reading

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Auto Camping in Dennisport, 1936

This photo by the Farm Security Administration photographer Carl Mydans is part of a series about an auto camp on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Car camping began as a popular vacation option in the 1910s, according to this fascinating article in … Continue reading

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Wrapped in the Flag, Cape Cod 1947

Usually when you hear the phrase “wrapped in the flag,” it is a metaphor for extreme patriotism. This woman took it literally. The great French photographer Henri Cartier Bresson had this to say about his photo: “This woman explained to … Continue reading

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Grandmother King, Hood Rubber, Watertown Massachusetts

This fascinating photo was a lucky find at Flounce Vintage in Los Angeles. The owner thought it was set in a laundry; my guess was a garment factory. Neither of us was right. The key to the mystery was on … 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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Nana Macdonald

My blog’s first guest post is by Donna M. Macdonald.  She offers this remembrance of her paternal grandmother, who lived most of her life in Watertown, Massachusetts.  Donna is the beauty and style writer for GoLocalProv.com and lives in Wickford, … Continue reading

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A Touch of Plaid, 1900

At the right hand bottom corner of the elaborate mat for this photograph, you can see that it was taken in Holyoke, Massachusetts.  Although I have no idea who this woman was, I imagine she might have taught at Mount … Continue reading

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