I’ve just returned from a trip to Laramie Wyoming, where I spent a week looking through Montgomery Ward catalogs at the American Heritage Center. Not everyone would call that a fun vacation, but I do! You will see results from my research soon.
In the meantime, here is a 1939 photo of someone who liked a well coordinated outfit. Her jacket is trimmed with scallops (half circles) and embroidered with a circle and dot design that evokes the swirly paisley print of her blouse. She embellished the basic outfit with a necklace of round beads and a hat finished with netting decorated with small dots. A woman with a theme!
This particular photo also comes with information on the back—an uncommon treat. It gives the subject’s name—Grace Kissam; the date—May 1939; and the place—143 St., probably in New York City. But what was the occasion? Since she wears a flowery corsage, I am guessing it was a special event, like a wedding or an anniversary dinner.