A fellow vintage lover, Julie of Joules Funky Chic at etsy, sent this fabulous old scarf to me. It dates from the 1930s, and is covered with college women at sporting events, with a border of college pennants. Not just any colleges, these are women’s colleges or those known for their women’s programs.
Since women’s organized sports got their start at women’s colleges, this makes the scarf especially interesting. From one sport in the 1890s – basketball – to a full range of events in the 1930s, this small piece of fabric shows just how far women had progressed in less than 40 years.
One of the colleges represented is Brenau, which is located in Gainesville, GA. Brenau was founded in 1878 as the Georgia Baptist Women’s Seminary, but was renamed Brenau College in 1900. They still have a strong sports program, and they also have the Wages House. The Wages House is home to a collection of vintage clothing from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.