One of the things I like best about the internet is that it is possible to build a “community.” I know that term is somewhat over-used, but here is a lot of truth in calling the network of vintage and fashion history lovers on the web a community.
The big strength of this community is that if you have a need for information about a specific area, chances are you know someone who either knows the answer, or who can find it through their sources. It’s great that there are so many people with different strengths. If I need information about a shoe, I know who to email. If I need to know about Chanel construction, or magazine publishing, or California fashion, I know who to ask.
A few weeks ago a request was posted on a facebook page about a fabric. Mod Betty saw the post and suggested the poster, Diane, email me, which she did. I immediately recognized the fabric, not because I’m an expert on that type of thing, but because a fabric by the same artist had been posted on the VFG forums, and I did a blog post about the fabric and the artist, Anton Refregier.
Once she had the name, Diane was able to find the same fabric pictured in a paper she found online. It was, indeed by Anton Refregier, and was commissioned in 1952 as part of the Pioneer Pathways series by the Associated American Artists. What was interesting is that the selvedge was intact, but the printing was off the edge. Diane was able to just detect the word “Pioneer.”