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Pearls at the Picnic, 1960

Well, here’s a reminder of how casual dress has changed.  I’m guessing that this 1960 photo is of some kind of club or church summer picnic.  All the women, middle aged and older, have shown up in summer dresses that … Continue reading

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The Sheath and the Shirtwaist, 1965

The photographer did these two women no favors by capturing them from the bottom up.  They are obviously related, but I wonder how. Judging by the clothes, the woman on the right might be the daughter. Looking at their faces, … Continue reading

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The Sheath versus the Shirtwaist in the 1960s

Unless fashion doesn’t interest you at all, you must have noticed that the shirtwaist dress—now often called a shirt dress—is back in style. I have an irrational dislike for this  beloved classic of American design, which has always seemed dowdy … Continue reading

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Three Women at Mount Rushmore, 1953

This photo comes from my father’s side of the family.  In the middle is my paternal grandmother, Helen; on the left is her sister, my great aunt Norah; the woman on the right is a mystery.  Helen and Norah lived … Continue reading

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A Photo Postcard Pair, 1900s

This studio portrait was printed on postcard stock, a popular method in the early 1900s. The clothes are from that era as well. The mother/aunt/grandmother here wears what we might call the uniform of adult American women at the turn … Continue reading

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Woman in a Shirtwaist Dress, 1967

The shirtwaist dress, one that buttons in the front from the collar to the waist seam and sometimes beyond, is a popular American style that keeps going in and out of fashion. One period where it definitely wasn’t on the … 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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Women’s Bible Training Class, 1910

If you want to find the origins of a uniquely American style of dress for women, you can start with the shirtwaist blouse and dark skirt so popular at the beginning of the twentieth century. Although it was worn in … Continue reading

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Elizabeth Hilt, Queen of the Shirtwaist

If the shirtwaist was the most beloved style of the 1950s, then Elizabeth Hilt was the most beloved designer. She gained a reputation for creating stylish shirtwaists for Henry Rosenfeld, “America’s best known supplier of popular priced dresses,” according to … Continue reading

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The Shirtwaist of the Fifties

In Ellen Melinkoff’s entertaining book on real life fashion, What We Wore: An Offbeat History of Women’s Clothing, 1950 to 1980, she states that “shirtwaists and suburbia were made for each other. The hem didn’t rise up when you reached for … Continue reading

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