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Harford Frocks and the Older Woman

The 1947 packet for a Harford Frocks saleswoman contained something for almost everyone in the family, from young children upwards. There were school clothes for girls and boys, outfits designed for teenagers, and even a few things for the man … Continue reading

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Harford Frocks, 1947

When I opened up the 1947 sales kit for a Harford Frocks representative, I was astonished. The cards, housed at the Rubenstein Library at Duke University, looked exactly like those for Fashion Frocks, a much better known company.  After some … Continue reading

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Older Women in Prints, 1939

This evocative photo of the Finnish War Orphans Sewing Circle of Cleveland, Ohio features mainly older women. For the most part, they are dressed quite conservatively in dark dresses with brooches or lace collars at their necks. Some sport a … Continue reading

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LuAnn in the Battle for Pants, 1971

Today we take pants for granted—I do not own a single dress. But this story by reader LuAnn reminds us that it was not always the case. She writes: “One snowy cold day in January of 1971, I wore a … Continue reading

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Ida Saxton McKinley—A First Lady with Cropped Hair

The story of First Lady Ida McKinley’s rediscovered tiara has recently hit the media, after the piece showed up on the TV show Pawn Stars. The William McKinley Presidential Library and Museum in Canton Ohio has now stepped in to … Continue reading

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Ohio Blue: What Older Women Wore in 1968

Do remember what you had in your closet in 1968?  (Did you even have a closet then?)  I think mine was full of miniskirts and home-made sheath dresses, with a few Indian tunics thrown in.  Of course, I was eighteen … Continue reading

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Women in White, 1920s

A 1925 etiquette book I found recommends the following for summer clothing: “In summer, a simple dress of dark or neutral crepe de chine, voile, taffeta, cotton linen.  Light, bright dresses are always in bad taste for street wear in … Continue reading

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Older Rosies, 1943

My image of the women who adopted non-traditional jobs in industry during World War Two has been shaped by films and images of Rosie the Riveter, who is always depicted as young.  This wartime shot by the well-known photographer Jack … Continue reading

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