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Cardigans–Plain and Fancy

Cardigans have been on my mind lately, perhaps inspired by Michelle Obama. The style book by Betty Halbreich, Secrets of a Fashion Therapist, has a chapter section on sweaters, with special emphasis on the versatility of cardigans. Since retiring, I’ve … Continue reading

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Lucy at the Iron, 1950s

This wonderful photo comes from my friend Louise and her sister Alice.  It depicts their paternal grandmother, Lucy, sometime in the mid 1950s.  Born in 1900, she would have been in her fifties here. There is so much to love … Continue reading

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The Woman in the Kerchief

Sometimes found photos are like a little mystery story.  When and where were they taken? Who is in the picture?  What prompted the photo?  I know none of the details here, but my guess is that this is an extended … Continue reading

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The Sporting Life, 1923

According to fashion historians, women’s participation in sports was the biggest engine moving them toward ever more casual clothing in the twentieth century. Serious sportswomen needed more range of movement than conventional clothing allowed.  Skirts got shorter, fabric got stretchy, … Continue reading

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Golden Girls–Sophia Petrillo

It must have been a lot of fun to be the costume designer for the TV series Golden Girls, which depicts four older women living together in a house in Miami.  Clothing styles easily define the women, giving viewers a … Continue reading

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Bridget McGoff, 1937

Here is a cheerful granny in real life, Bridget McGoff, the grandmother of my friend Chris.  Born in Ireland in 1857, she immigrated to the US in 1880 and lived most of her life in Scranton, Pennsylvania. She not only … Continue reading

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