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Signing the Equal Pay Act, 1963

Signed into law by President John F. Kennedy on June 10, 1963, the Equal Pay Act legislated that women receive equal pay to men for equal work. Too bad it couldn’t happen with the stroke of a pen. Forty years … Continue reading

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Easter Sunday, 1960

I love Easter photos because they show women in their dress-up clothes and give you a sense of what the codes for proper attire were at the time. In this photo, taken just as the fashion revolution of the sixties … Continue reading

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New Year’s Eve, 1948

As much as I love New Year’s Eve, I don’t think I’ve ever had a much fun as gossip columnist Hedda Hopper was having at this 1948 party. Now there is a big laugh!  This photo is part of a … Continue reading

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Christmas Party, 1960s

This expressive photo from the Florida State Archives shows a party at the office of the Afro-American Life Insurance Company in Jacksonville, Florida. Although it is undated, the clothes are from the sixties. Looking at the shoes, my keen eyed … Continue reading

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The President’s Birthday Ball, 1935

Off and on I give talks on fashion history for local groups and at the end I always ask for pictures and stories for my blog. After a recent talk for the county chapter of the American Sewing Guild a … Continue reading

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What They Wore to the March on Washington, August 1963

Civil Rights activists in the early 1960s did not express protest through their clothes.  When I see photographs or documentaries from that era, like the magisterial series Eyes on the Prize, I am always struck by how well dressed the … Continue reading

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What to Wear on an Airplane, 1957

These women from Kern County, part of California’s agricultural heartland, are dressed up for a trip to Hawaii.  According to Calisphere, they were part of a delegation from the Kern County business women’s organization.  Look at their clothes!  Not only … Continue reading

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The Easter Parade—A Dressmaker’s View

Do you know the song “In your Easter Bonnet, with all the frills upon it”?  As the song promises, there really were Easter Parades on Fifth Avenue in New York City.  The Library of Congress’s large collection from the Bain … Continue reading

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Honor Your Archivist

One of my favorite photo streams on Flikr is the State Library and Archives of Florida.  To mark Women’s History Month, they have been posting photos of important Florida women.  This one shows Dorothy Dodd, the state’s first archivist, being … Continue reading

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Happy International Women’s Day!

March 8, International Women’s Day, is celebrated all around the world.  Many people don’t know that its origins are in the United States—and it is linked to sewing.  Socialist women declared a National Women’s Day to commemorate the New York … Continue reading

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