Vintage Miscellany, November 11, 2020

I have a big stack of vintage and antique photos that I’ve never shared, and whenever I get ready to post a new Vintage Miscellany, I go through the stack to find one that resonates with my mood. The date on the basketball – 1920 – and the ages of the girls struck a chord. These girls and their teacher were among the first women to gain the right to vote under the 19th Amendment.

The girls were too young to vote for president in 1920, but I hope the coach got registered and exercised her new-found legal right. But what really amazes me is that when I cast my first vote for President, Jimmy Carter, in 1976, it is very likely that some of these girls voted in the same election. The past is really not so long ago!

And now for some news…

  • My first historical love was the 18th Century, and I find myself still intrigued, especially when it comes to shoes.
  • Sometimes I’m amazed at some artifacts that survive, like the dress Carlotta Walls wore on her first day of school in 1957 at Little Rock Central High School.
  • Mutton dressed as lamb? Susan at Witness2Fashion addresses the concept.
  • A little late, but the Met has finally opened the spring exhibition, About Time. I’d love to hear from anyone who has seen it. There’s an awful lot of black.
  • In 1920 Jackson, Wyoming elected an all-female government.
  • Fred Perry did the right thing and pulled from the market a polo shirt that had been appropriated by a White supremacist group.
  • Fashion designer Kenzo died on October 4, 2020.
  • Powerful Western clothing companies continue to cheat clothing sewers.
  • Video: A look inside the Costume Design Center at Colonial Williamsburg.
  • Do we need a documentary on Audrey Hepburn? Yes, of course we do.
  • The pandemic has had another effect – the breaking down of the worldwide trade in used clothing. I’m seeing this on a local level. Many thrift stores are no longer taking donations due to a glut of stuff.
  • Video: Watch how FIDM dresses a mannequin in preparation for exhibition.
  • Help save the roof of the Jane Austen house.
  • Here’s more proof of the significance of what we choose to wear.
  • And that leads me to the obvious political nature of the above link. In the past I have been criticised for allowing politics on a fashion history site. But as I have pointed out, clothing is more than just pretty frocks. We cannot separate culture from politics. And yes, I have criticized the clothing choices of the now lame duck administration. Not to do so would have been ignoring the elephant in the room. And yes. I was not neutral, but this is my blog, and I provide the content free of charge. So, please, no comments about how unfair I was to the former-president-to be and his sponges. I am over it.

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14 responses to “Vintage Miscellany, November 11, 2020

  1. Yes. Everything is political. Fashion too.

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  2. Morning Waters

    All I can say is…. You Go Girl !!!

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  3. ceci

    Appreciate your forthrightness. And these serious kid faces – they too lived in turbulent times.

    ceci

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  4. Carla

    Fashion gets MORE interesting or, at least, finally shifts in times of political turmoil! …I wonder if the white suit will make a comeback?!

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  5. John

    Sipping a cup of joe in a block-wide atrium of a Midtown NYC office building — as is my want sometimes — I saw a woman who was probably “about” ninety years old, and walking with some trouble with a cane. I noticed her and nodded my head. Rather trim, as ninety year old women often are, she was sporting blond hair to her shoulders, fitted black slacks, and a pink/white “university stripe”, OCBD shirt. The shirt had been tailored with fish-eye darts, front and back, to highlight her to best advantage. Did she look like a 20-year-old movie starlet? No, but she did did look like she may have once been one who had aged gracefully indeed. I thought “Boy, there are for sure some ninety-year-old men hoping against hope to try to strike up a conversation with her.”

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  6. seweverythingblog

    This is your website and you have the right to write your thoughts about anything you care to. Of course, fashion is political. In 2016 I voted for the best candidate for president; alas she did not win. However, I loved a white dress the now-lame-duck first lady wore for a campaign event at the time — of course, I promptly knocked off that puffy sleeve appendage on her dress without having to actually approving of her and her husband. I’m as politically partisan as they come, though. 🙂

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  7. Linda Low

    I love hearing what you have to say. Thank you for your opinions, keep them coming!

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  8. What an amazing picture! I have always loved the photographs you have paired with these posts.

    As usual a fabulous list. You always find great articles, and also call-to-action pieces that are really wonderful.

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