Here’s a rare example of an older photograph with the kind of information one wishes came with all old pictures. Written on the reverse:
Margaret Graham & Bessie Roher (?) about 1897 or ’98 on the tennis (grass) court at Wood Lawn. R. Niles Graham – Pease collection.
Woodlawn had been the estate of Texas governor Elisha Marshall Pease, the grandfather of Margaret Graham and her brother Niles Graham. Niles was a prominent businessman in Austin, Texas, and after he died his papers along with those of his grandfather were donated to the Texas State Library and Archive. I’m not sure why this photo was not included. How did it end up in the vast market of used stuff?
And now for some more modern news…
- Amelia Earhart is back in the news due to the discovery of a photograph that might be her and Fred Noonan in the company of Japanese sailors. Of more interest to me is this article about her clothing line. I knew about it, but I’m pretty sure the existence of sewing patterns by Earhart is news to me.
- If my one little tennis photo is not enough, then this link to more vintage photos is for you.
- Here’s a very thoughtful article on American production of garments. Is it more ethical to produce in the USA, and if so, why?
- Look inside a garment factory, and chances are, you’ll see a very diverse group of workers.
- If you are concerned about your favorite hat factory closing, then do as Georgiette Morgan-Thomas did and buy the company.
- This has nothing to do with clothing, nor of textiles. But it is of interest to anyone who values history and cultural heritage. I’d like to be able to say I was shocked by this, but unfortunately, I’m beginning to think I’m shock-proof. Please don’t shop at Hobby Lobby.
- Vestoj published a powerful interview with veteran but recently fired British Vogue fashion edit0r Lucinda Chambers. In it Chambers claimed she hasn’t read Vogue in years, and gave examples of why the magazine lacks relevance in today’s fashion atmosphere. Shortly after the piece was published, it was taken down. It then reappeared saying the piece had been amended after talks with Conde Nast (the publisher of Vogue) and Edward Enninful, the new editor of British Vogue. They objected to the way Chambers described her firing.
- And so The Guardian asks the obvious question: Does the fashion industry still need Vogue?
- Great tips from Jayne Shrimpton on deciphering clues in old family photos .
- And finally a story about how documents (and photos?) end up on ebay.
Here’s the reverse of the photo. Maybe you can help decipher Bessie’s surname. And if the Texas Archive wants this photo, it’s yours.