The best suggestion of all? – Aileen’s mix-or-match cotton knit coordinates for career or campus…
In 1957 Aileen was the new brand in town. The company was formed in 1956 as Aileen Knitwear. In the early Sixties the company branched out with Aileen Girl and Aileen Teen, but my recollection of the brand starts with their junior line, The Red Eye. It was my favorite brand in my high school years, and I spent my entire first paycheck at age sixteen on three matching knit pieces.
I think the best advice I ever gave my ten and eleven year old students was to never put to paper anything that they would not want the whole world (meaning their parents and friends) to know. I’m afraid these two young career women didn’t get such good advice!
I’ve been thinking a lot about communication over the past few days. If I were to give the same advice to students today, I’d have to go beyond passing notes to include emails and texts and facebook posts. For better or for worse, the way we communicate has changed.
One of the joys of writing The Vintage Traveler is all the communication I have with readers. Whether it is comments here on the blog, emails, or comments on twitter or instagram, I’m always learning from the smart people who check in here. And I’m appreciative of all the great ideas and suggestions I’ve received over the years. I consider The Vintage Traveler to truly be a group project.
I do need to remind readers that I do have a posting policy. It is very rarely that I feel the need to remove a comment, but I will do so to maintain the positive atmosphere of The Vintage Traveler. Most of the few comments that I’ve removed are on an old post about the American Pickers television program. I understand people hating that show, but I still can’t allow comments that might be slanderous.
I get several emails a day from people wanting help with this or that label, or asking about something they have in their collection or for sale. I welcome these questions, especially when a dialogue about the object results.
But lately I’m getting lots of question emails, and after I take the time to answer, I never hear another word from the questioner. This is usually from an emailer who has stumbled on The Vintage Traveler through a google search of their item. If a person can’t be bothered to take ten minutes to explore the site and try to figure who the human being behind it is, then that’s a pretty good indication that my answer to them will not be acknowledged.
But then, there are those of you who have emailed me out of the blue, a conversation ensued, and I now count you among my true friends. It’s all about the conversation.
In a world where so many clothing and textile businesses have closed, it’s nice that there are a few older businesses that are still alive and well. Many of these have extensive archives can pretty much identify any of their vintage products. Unfortunately, in the past year I’ve gotten emails from two of them, asking me not to publicize the existence of their archives due to excessive requests for information.
I’m sure that most of this is due to the fact that many of these archive departments are understaffed, and they simply don’t have the time to do the research. But I can’t help but wonder if they are just tired of taking the time to answer questions for which they get no return acknowledgment. I can’t say that I blame them.