Vintage Miscellany – June 28, 2015

Dingman’s Ferry, PA, 1927

Today is setting up to be one of those days that the local Chamber of Commerce likes to pretend is what we have three months of in the summer.  It’s cool and sunny, and that makes for perfect camping.  I hope the auto campers who set the scene in my photo were so lucky.

So get out and enjoy the day, but first, the news:

*   I think I’ve posted about Zady before, but it is worth reading this article about how the company is working hard to “make a T-shirt that does no harm.”

*  And this article about Patagonia shows how difficult that is to do, even when the company is trying very hard.

*   Is a two-year-old, or even a fourteen-year-old,  your style icon?

*   Make sure to talk to the young woman in the Christian Siriano gown.

*   Hilary Davidson carefully examined Jane Austin’s pelisse, and thanks to crowd funding we can all read the article she wrote about her findings.

*   I’ve always thought the women who wear high heels were a bit unbalanced, and science has proven me right.

*   The ultimate irony is when a designer’s representative states concerning one of her designs:  ‘For her part, Ms Isabel Marrant does not claim to be the author of this tunic and these designs’.

*   L.L. Bean’s boots are expected to be hot again this winter, and the factory is cranking them out as fast as it can.  Here’s a very interesting look inside their Maine factory.

*   PBS showed an interesting British show called Tales from the Royal Wardrobe.  It’s now available for watching on the PBS website.

*   We unruly Baby Boomers are taking over museums, and it ain’t pretty!

*   Crinoline mania, as seen through nineteenth century stereoscopes.

*   If Abercrombie & Fitch wants to survive, this article suggests they return to their past.  Haven’t I been saying that for years?



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8 responses to “Vintage Miscellany – June 28, 2015

  1. It’s good to see those comic stereoscopes of crinolines all in one place. The degree to which they are satirical is hard to calculate exactly (the striped stockings on one model suggest that she is accustomed to showing her ankles professionally. . . .) But the book, The Invisible Woman, about Charles Dickens and Nelly Ternan, reveals that she and her sister smuggled their dogs into a passenger compartment on the train under their crinolines, so the dogs wouldn’t have to travel in the baggage car.


  2. Lovely compendium, Lizzie – thank you! Am delighted that PBS has put that special on-line as I’d like to watch it again. My library had Dr. Worsley’s book, If Walls Could Talk, which is fascinating & a quick read.


  3. Thanks for bringing us these news, pretty interesting facts I didn’t know! 🙂

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  4. Thanks for great catch with this week’s Vtg Misc–more to read than possible in one sitting. I especially liked the Patagonia article (wow).


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