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The New Look and the New Waist Line

The November 1947 issue of Harper’s Bazaar was all about the New Look, that big style shift from the shorter, boxier silhouette of the World War Two era. It is the first time I really grasped the role of fashion … Continue reading

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A Christmas Party at the Beautee-Fit Company, 1947

What a diverse group of women employees at the Beautee-Fit Company in Los Angeles. Most look to be Asian or Mexican American, with a few Anglos here and there. I wonder if some of the Asians were Japanese Americans just … Continue reading

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A Lane Bryant Corset, 1930

Inspired by Lizzie Bramlett, I’ve started to expand my small collection of fashion catalogs. The Lane Bryant Style Book I found recently on eBay makes for particularly fascinating reading because it offers everything a “stout” woman might need, from shoes … Continue reading

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Tish and Friends

The fiftyish adventuress Tish, conceived by American novelist Mary Roberts Rinehart, was the leader of a small pack of spinsters.  It consisted of Tish; the plump narrator, Lizzie; and the timorous Aggie, the only one of the three who had … Continue reading

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Corset Makers’ Strike, 1937

What a fabulous idea for a strike—go out wearing what you make.  Of course, this would hardly work in every profession, but it makes a strong statement for these corset makers in the ILGWU. The youngest and shapeliest workers are … Continue reading

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Mrs. Gibson in a Corset, 1911

Looking at this picture, it is easy to see why women were so happy to abandon corsets after the First World War.  The woman in the dark dress, who I think is Mrs. F. M. Gibson, appears to be literally … Continue reading

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The Dowager Corset, 1914

In my research, I am collecting advertising terms for older women.  These range from the prosaic—“mature women”—to the fanciful—“forever young.” “Dowager,” used in this ad from Ladies Home Journal from 1914, is surely the strangest I have come across to … Continue reading

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