Tag Archives: New York

Carolyn Schnurer’s Flight to India

If you like to travel, envy the life of mid century American designer Carolyn Schnurer (1908-1998). During World War Two, she convinced the British Overseas Air Company, the department store Peck and Peck, and a number of American textile manufacturers … Continue reading

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Angela Bambace, Labor Leader, Wears Vera

This photo from the Kheel Center’s International Ladies Garment Workers’ archive shows  the Italian American labor leader and feminist, Angela Bambace.  Born in 1898, she began working in New York City’s garment district when she was seventeen.   A formidable organizer, … Continue reading

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Fifth Avenue, Midtown, 1964

Do you think these three conferred on their outfits before they headed out?  “Lets all wear our fur stoles, hats, and long gloves, and make sure that our shoes exactly match our dresses?” Or was this simply standard fare for … Continue reading

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Checkered Past, 1982

Native New Yorker Helen Levitt (1913-2009) made her reputation by capturing candid moments on the streets of her city. Today she is regarded as one of the forerunners of modern street photography. Take a look at the large collection of … Continue reading

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The Sweet Flypaper of Life

A cultural milestone in the African American community, the picture book The Sweet Flypaper of Life was a collaboration between noted photographer Roy DeCarava and the writer Langston Hughes. In 1952, DeCarvara became the first African American to receive a … Continue reading

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Elizabeth Hawes’s Blue Mazurka

For anyone interested in the history of American fashion, Elizabeth Hawes’s witty book Fashion is Spinach should be required reading. Published in 1938, it was just republished in a paperback version by Dover.  It is also is available for free … Continue reading

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Group Portrait at the Abyssinian Baptist Church, Harlem

Although this photo was taken in Harlem in the 1950s, for a London reader it evoked memories of her Jamaican born grandmother. “Their tailored suits reminded me of how my grandmother, a Jamaican woman who moved to London in the … Continue reading

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Meeting Madame Eta at FIT

I love archives. Show me a stack of old letters, clippings, and photographs and I get very excited—who knows what treasures might be there? When I discovered that the Hungarian-American designer Eta Hentz (aka Madame Eta) had a small archive … Continue reading

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Betty Dorso, the Toast of Two Coasts

I discovered Betty McLauchlen Downey Dorso (1911-2002) on the pages of Vogue, where she was featured in a 1960 article “Applied Black-and-White.” Vogue introduced her as “Mrs. Richard Dorso, a former Vogue model and fashion editor who is now a … Continue reading

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Carmel Snow Dishes up Some Daring, 1940

My favorite blog, The Vintage Traveler, recently shared a link to a long appreciation of Carmel Snow, the revolutionary editor of Harper’s Bazaar from 1933 to 1957. Snow was famous for her phrase “Elegance is good taste, plus a dash … Continue reading

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