Vintage Miscellany – September 4, 2016

“This is Nellie on the beach, Fla. 1941”

I can sympathize with Nellie. Labor Day is the symbolic end to summer, and I’m not happy about it.  She may be taking it lying down, but I am up and squeezing every bit of warmth out of these cool-ish days.  I love fall, but why does winter have to follow so closely?

While I’m trying to figure it all out, here are some stories from the past two weeks.

*  Major clothing companies continue in their refusal to learn more about the people making clothes for them.

*  Urban Outfitters had  more than $3.4 billion in sales in 2015, but still asked employees to give up their weekends to  volunteer at the company’s fulfillment center.  The CEO is worth $1.3 billion but salaried employees often work 16 hour days. And so on…

* “Jayne Shrimpton explains how photographs of our ancestors at leisure can give us an insight into their lives.”

* After being “lost” for 250 years, Clones Castle was found – “behind a Georgian terrace known as Castle Street, which contains a building called Castle House.”

* Here’s proof that bad human behavior does not happen only in museums.

* Clothing sales are suffering because people are beginning to recognize that the quality is bad.

* Are any of you watching The Collection on Amazon?  I am waiting for a rainy day.

* “Charred tatters that were part of one of Britain’s greatest tapestry collections are to be publicly displayed for the first time…”

* The conservation labs at the National Scottish Museums show the conservation of a rare dye laboratory book.

*  When a clothing exhibition focuses on the wearers rather than the clothing.

* Fast fashion is bad for us, article number 974.



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14 responses to “Vintage Miscellany – September 4, 2016

  1. Trade You Lizzie!? Heat / HOT / Steam coming off of the road as it pours with the sun blazing overhead! Exotic – semi tropical- ENOUGH! Forget fashion! I/we have worn the same outfits since June (men and Women) I miss the mountains-cool nights ! NO AC! The water temp is 89! EVEN Nellie would hate it! Happy Labor Day ALL!

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  2. Agree with Jacq above!
    Great articles all, Lizzie ~ thank you!
    (Will send you all our heat. Gladly!)


  3. Losing an entire castle is pretty impressive… though it’s not as though there weren’t clues to where it was!


  4. Loved this collection of articles, some of which are especially fitting reads this Labor Day! I’m always interested in articles about UO; they seem like a quintessential American company, and not in a good way. It’s interesting that they didn’t cover fast fashion and where their items are made in that piece, although perhaps there wasn’t enough room when they already have so many other issues to talk about.


    • Karen, it is the perfect Labor Day story, and it just shows what is so terribly wrong with big business retail. They rake in over 3 billion dollars a year but beg for “volunteers”! And the dog rule is great, but as one poor employee put it, she’s working up to 16 hours a day and otherwise the dog would be left alone. Who works 16 hours a day?! That is insane.

      To anyone working 16 hours a day, you need to find a new job that allows you to have a life worth living. This is not a dress rehearsal; it’s your LIFE!


  5. Thank you for asking-yes just fine- nothing but aggravation of more rain! Waiting for the first cold front/mid October!


  6. I’m glad to see that the issues surrounding Fast Fashion are getting more media traction. Thanks for the interesting links.


  7. Jessamyn

    I’m very interested in The Collection, but I’m not seeing it on Amazon US, only UK?


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