Vintage Miscellany – March 4, 2018

Is it just me, or is bowling somehow usually thought to be a sport of the 1950s? This postcard (1910ish) reminded me that bowling was enjoyed way before the time of Laverne and Shirley.  Also, my recent visit to Biltmore Estate included a look of the bowling alley they had installed in the basement as part of their recreation area. And that was in 1895. It’s harder to find bowling lanes these days, but for those of you in the big freeze looking for a way to get exercise indoors, you might seek one out.

And now for the news…

  • February is over, so that also means the end of all the various fashion weeks. I don’t pay much attention to them, but the Dior show was interesting to me because of the use of the crazy quilt concept. Crazy quilts were a late Victorian craze, and have a very old fashioned feel and appeal. Also seen in the Dior show were decorative bits that look like needlepoint. Is this a trend? Be sure to click through the slideshow to see the various usages of needlework.
  •  Stylactivism for the over fifty set.
  •   “A New Jersey woman says she was thrown out of the Metropolitan Museum of Art last weekend because she showed up in an authentic period costume that a security supervisor accused her of stealing.”
  • How dressing the part helps connect us to the past – Cheney McKnight talks about how it is important to have an honest dialogue about slavery.
  •  Here’s a great article about Elizabeth Keckley, friend and dressmaker of Mary Todd Lincoln.
  •  I love stories about old books and those who care for them. thanks to Juliet for the link
  •  There are two new fashion history podcasts you might enjoy. Bande à Part is by fashion historians Rebecca Arnold & Beatrice Behlen, and if it seems like a conversation between two friends, that’s because that is what it is.
  •  Also really good is Dressed: The History of Fashion with fashion historians April Calahan and Cassidy Zachary.


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10 responses to “Vintage Miscellany – March 4, 2018

  1. Loved learning about Keckley and through that article, Ann Lowe. As for style after 40, unfortunately I find that my ability to go wild is severely restricted by ear lobes that don’t like heavy earrings, big jewelry makes my neck hurt, bunions and sore feet, eczema in strange places and other health stuff. No more tights, tight pants, heels, pointy shoes, stiff shoes…it’s harder to rock it when you have to wear light jewelry, petite earrings, elastic waist jeans and “health” shoes! But I try.

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    • I’m really into comfort myself, much more than being an interesting dresser. I dress to please myself these days.

      I do think there is still a gap in what older women want to wear, and what is available on the market. That’s why I sew.


  2. jacq staubs

    Always fascinated by how potent the “”midi / sailor influence was from the early 1010’s on…it was a worldwide (at very least from across the pond . From Austria Germany / U.K. i guess where it originated. From daywear(before sportswear as we know it) into school uniforms and bathing attire. Do you agree? Interesting! And even bowling!? Love the sweet demure innocent expression of the model sketched!

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  3. “The Garment Register” is such a clever book, I simply had to pass it on. Stay warm Lizzie, you are ‘up north’ to me!

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  4. Enjoyed every single one of these – thank you, Lizzie!

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  5. QueensGirl

    Hooray for Cheyney! She is so thoughtful about every aspect of her role as a historic interpreter of the experience of enslaved people in this country. Happy to see her video here.

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