Thanks to Janey, I have several photos of these two women in their bathing suits. Unfortunately, none is dated. So how can one accurately put a date on a photo that has none? In this case, start with the bathing suits. The two-toned suit is quite distinctive, and it might even be possible to find a vintage ad featuring it. Also, note that the suit on the dark suit is quite shiny. Next, examine the shoes. The striped sandals are another identifiable item. You can’t see them very well, but the woman on the left is wearing rubber bathing shoes. Last, look at the hair and note the scarf ties turban-style on one woman.
Any guesses? The best I can do is early 1940s. I looked and looked for an ad showing that two-toned suit, but came up empty. But the plainer suit with the shiny fabric might hold a clue. This fabric became popular in the late 1930s, and remained so into the 40s. I got lucky with the striped sandals, and found a 1941 ad for the exact shoe.
And on to the news…
- It appears that a fragment of a dress belonging to Queen Elizabeth I has been serving as an altar cloth in St Faith’s Church, Bacton, Herefordshire. It was spotted by visiting curators from Historic Royal Palaces. It looks like the church is in need of a new alter cloth.
- For decades, Levi Strauss owned all the factories that made their jeans. There is one remaining, in South Africa.
- “Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum has planned a fall exhibition titled “Scraps: Fashion, Textiles and Creative Reuse,” which will cast the spotlight on the human and environmental costs of fashion consumption.” BlouinArtinfo.com
- This exhibition will be a part of New York Textiles Month.
- The Fashion History Museum in Cambridge, Ontario got a great write-up from Racked.
- “Everybody knows they’re fake!”
- Home sewing, and even mending and altering, can give one a wardrobe that is uniquely yours.
- The Navajo Nation has lost their lawsuit against Urban Outfitters. The court ruled that the word “Navajo” is a generic word denoting a style.
- American Giant is claiming to be making the “greatest t-shirt” ever, and it is made in the USA with domestically sourced materials.
- One mans explains the importance of sketching.
- Two women in Shanghai, China, took their little boys to a glass museum, and mayhem ensued. While the women pulled out the cell phones started filming, the boys climbed under a security rope and proceeded to play with a fragile glass sculpture. The results were predictable.
Edited for spelling errors.