How I Collect – 1930s

Some time ago I posted photos of my 1920s collection, and now I’m sharing with you the 1930s. I post one of the ensemble shots once a week on Instagram, so if you are curious about what I have from the 1940s, you might want to check into Instagram.

The internet evolves quickly, and now it seems like people are more in tune with a site like Instagram rather than blogs like this one. I have no plans to abandon this blog, but the truth is that a lot of the content that would have been posted here ten years ago, I now put on Instagram. So I encourage you to check out my daily posts there. You might like it, as there are quite a few great fashion history posters there.

Above is a lovely nautical themed dress from the early to mid 1930s. The matching hat and gloves were a lucky online find.

This early 1930s dress is one of my favorites, even though it’s not sportswear. It’s all hand embroidered silk. I still remember spotting it at the sadly now closed Metrolina Flea in Charlotte.  I got the hat there as well. You can’t see them, but there are more flowers beneath the brim.

This linen dress came from the estate of a prosperous business woman in Thomasville, NC. Elizabeth Blair had a very nice wardrobe. The jacket is knit wool, made by Bradley.

This early to mid 1930s bathing suit is wool knit, and came from JC Penney. It was the last of a dying breed, as lastex and rayon were about to revolutionize the woman’s swimsuit.  The beach shoes are from France.

Before there was Rose Marie Reid, there was Reid’s Holiday Togs. This little jumpsuit was one of Reid’s early creations. And there are those shoes again!

I’ve had that sweater so long I can’t remember where I got it, but I know I found it in a thrift store.

In the 1930s sweaters for women left the gym and became street appropriate. And that jaunty hat is one of my favorites. I found it in a local consignment store.

One of the things I’ve found to be really hard to locate is older tennis attire. This one is especially nice because of the matching panties. The set is labeled, “Tennis Queen”.

Here you see one of my chenille pieces that I recently wrote about in my review of Southern Tufts. The bathing suit is a popular Jantzen model from 1937 called the Up-lifter.

In the early 1930s, wide-legged, one piece pajamas became a very popular item for resort and beach wear. This one was made by Vanity Fair, a lingerie company.

Pants also gained ground as casual evening wear, when made in luxurious materials like this velvet pair, and with legs so wide they could almost pass as a skirt.  Starting in the late 1920s there was a fad for “folkloric” embroideries, which you can see in the Eastern European style blouse and the Chinese embroidered sandals.


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16 responses to “How I Collect – 1930s

  1. It’s not enough to click “like.” I love this post! Your photos are so good I can almost reach in and feel the hand of the fabrics. Thank you!

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  2. Love, love, love it all. The 30s have definitely become my favorite.

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  3. Mary B.

    I am so glad you haven’t given up on your blog posts. Instagram is fine, but it’s fun to read and study your posts when instant gratification visually isn’t what I’m looking for. I am also interested in the 30’s, specifically 1930, so your post about long stockings being seamless was fascinating! Thank you for contributing to my continuing education!

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  4. Jacq Staubs

    YES Instagram is ok – not like reading these! You are known / appreciated more than you realize by these! Thank YOU!

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  5. Heaven on earth! Maybe you should consider making BAM (Bramlett Archive and Museum) public, And please, more of your amazing scarf collection.

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  6. You have such a great eye for collecting (and lovely photos). I can understand about moving to instagram, but since it’s mobile only I’ve dragged my feet – I feel like I spend enough time checking my phone already. So I appreciate this blog very much!


  7. These ensembles are absolutely dreamy! I think I said before, I really, really love this way of displaying your collection. It somehow breathes life into the items.

    I hear you on the whole blog vs. Instagram front. It’s very odd. I recently had a discussion with a mommy blogger about ambassador programs, and I noted how some other mommy bloggers have very few numbers on Insta but still receive ambassadorships, and she said that they still have very strong blogs though. So I think sometimes it’s a content thing. Fashion and style people love Instagram, it is a quick way to share outfits and see others. The ability to share multiple photos in one Insta post allows for closeups now really I think was a blow to blogs. And when Insta first started, I thought it would be a nice, less filtered way to share my life…like it was a supplement to my blog. But now for many, Instagram is IT! And “filtering” and “tailoring” your Insta is a thing people write about. Having a “look” to your account is a way to gain followers. So while I still view my Insta as a supplement to my blog, I still think a great deal about what I post. When it comes to my blog content now, I try to reserve it for things that I think really need to be expanded upon, but I still try to maintain a blog post once a week, if not two posts.

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  8. Carol M Wilson

    This is such a terrific collection of 30s sportswear. I love that era and the sailor looks especially. I also enjoy the way you add accessories. I would love to see that “jaunty” brown hat on a hat stand to see its shape better. And another strong vote from me in favor of blogs — I like to read all the information, background, and distinctive details you have, and to see the large photos on my pc. Thanks for it all, history, fashion, and discernment!


  9. Thank you for continuing your blog here. I don’t tend to check Instagram often, and I don’t get the same kind of alerts there as I do from WordPress.

    Have you considered posting to multiple platforms? You could copy the same text etc, and/or just use “teasers” to catch the interest of your readers and followers.

    A lot of creative producers & bloggers use multiple platforms: Posting the meat of their work on one platform, and posting “teasers” for that on the other platforms.


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