Vintage Miscellany – February 3, 2013

I don’t suppose this is a photo of a skinny Colonel Sanders, but it has to be Colonel Someone.  For some reason I see a lot of Civil War veterans as they aged that took on this look, along with the “colonel” designation.   There was a reunion of Civil War veterans from my county in the early 1920s, and it the photo that was made of them lined up in front of the courthouse, it’s hard to tell one from another with all the white hair and goatees!

Fashion news is a bit scarce, as they are saving it all up for the up-coming fashion week showings.  As a result, this is an all blog edition of Vintage Miscellany. This is something I’ve been meaning to do for a while, so I hope you all enjoy these links to interesting blog content.

*   Amber Jane at  The Theatre of Fashion goes on and on about Biba, much to my delight!

*   Kelly at Tea in a Teacup pondered the question, “Will your clothes end up in a museum?

*   Jonathan at Kickshaw Productions  shows an interesting convertible suit from Canadian designer Ellen Peterson.

*   Karen at Small Earth Vintage got some help from a sharp-eyed reader that led her to being able to identify a dress as being designed by André Courrèges.

*   Louise at Catwalk Threads gives some insight to the confusing topic of clothing sizing.

*  Janey at Atomic Redhead reminds us of that great I Love Lucy episode where Lucy meets designer Don Loper, and then shows off her new Loper frock.

*   Mod Betty at Retro Roadmap helps cheer the dark winter sky with her collection of neon sign photos.

*   Monica of Monica Muriga writes about the splendor of Javanese textiles, which are currently on view at the Met.

*   Michelle at AllWays in Fashion evaluates the question, “Am  I too old for this?”

*   Theodora at People, Places and Bling! takes us on a bike ride to the Arc de Triomphe, past and present.

*   Jill at Everything Just So has reviewed Bettina Ballard’s autobio, and now I’m got to find a copy for myself.

A few days ago I had a conversation with Marge about blog commenting.  She is new to reading blogs and wanted to make sure that in posting comments she wasn’t breaking some unwritten blog etiquette.  I can only speak for myself (but I suspect that other bloggers will agree) when I say that all blog comments are appreciated.  I  write this blog because it gives me a place to share interesting things about fashion history, and part of that sharing is getting the response of readers.  I especially love it when readers share their own experiences.

I can’t express how much I’ve learned from the readers who do take the time to post comments or to send me an email.  The internet has opened up a way for like-minded people to have conversations that just 15 or so years ago were just not possible.



Filed under Viewpoint, Vintage Miscellany, Vintage Photographs

12 responses to “Vintage Miscellany – February 3, 2013

  1. These old pictures bring back sooo many memories to me. For instance…this picture made me remember all five kids in our family getting all “gussied” up to have our picture taken sitting/standing on/beside our most proud possession, namely my dad’s 1926+- black Ford.


  2. Teresa

    Thanks for sharing the Biba post. I would love to be able to visit the exhibition in Brighton.


  3. Lots of good reading in these links, Lizzie–and thanks for the link to my Courreges post! I love the photo at the top of your post, especially the gal in the sassy beret and print coat.


  4. Susan

    That plaid coat is delightful. It almost looks shiny, like oilcloth. If I were a bit thinner, I wouldn’t mind having a raincoat like that today!


  5. Gosh, I’m late to the party! Thanks for creating list, Lizzie! I love your “blog edition of Vintage Miscellany” post. What a FAB idea. I’m off now to check out the “Kitty Cat” skirt (dream garb!!), along with the other sites. Rich material, here. I can tell. Enjoy the week! Theadora


  6. David

    I would love to see the Courthouse photo of the Civil War Vets. I AM a retired Colonel, but not Civil War era! I sport a period handle bar ‘stash and a white goatee. And my sewing is mostly 1700s-1800s “outfits.” Thanks. Love looking through your posts.


  7. Not sure how I missed this post! Thank you very much for the mention!



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