Vintage Miscellany – March 29, 2021

The only caption for this late 1940s photo is “The Coveted Basketball suit”. I almost bought a coveted basketball suit recently, but I passed because I felt the price was too high, and because I couldn’t learn anything about the team it represented. The seller listed it as a woman’s baseball suit, and the members of some professional women’s teams did wear similar satin suits. So I couldn’t determine whether the suit was worn for basketball or baseball, or even softball. Now that the suit has sold I’m sitting here asking myself if it really mattered.

There will be other coveted suits.

And now for some news…

  • Alex Trebek’s  fourteen suits, fifty-eight dress shirts, and three hundred neckties were donated by his family to a charity that helps formerly incarcerated men.
  • Alfie Date, 109, knits sweaters for at-risk penguins.
  • John Kennedy’s Harvard cardigan recently sold for $85,000.
  • Martha Washington was more than the grandmother we always picture her as.
  • And, learning from Martha’s purple dress.
  • Historic Deerfield will present a virtual forum, “Invisible Makers: Textiles, Dress, and Marginalized People in 18th- and 19th-Century America,” on Saturday, April 10.
  • Sealaska Heritage Institute and Neiman Marcus have settled a lawsuit over a coat the company sold, bears a striking resemblance to a copyrighted, Alaska Native Ravenstail pattern.
  • Beatrice Behlen shows what we can learn from photographs of Suffragettes.
  • Jessica McClintock, maker of Gunne Sax, has died at age 90.
  • Elsa Peretti, designer of jewelry for Tiffany, has died at 81.


Filed under Vintage Miscellany, Vintage Photographs

6 responses to “Vintage Miscellany – March 29, 2021

  1. I thought it was very thoughtful of Alex Trebek’s family to do that.


  2. I am guessing those were Teibeck’s personal suits, not the ones he wore on camera. TV suits are weighted at the jacket bottom and trouser hems so they hang well and don’t shift. They are uncomfortable for everyday wear.

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  3. That article from the Museum of London (one of my favorite museums) really made my day! I signed up for the newsletter. Thank you Lizzie, fashion detective!


  4. jacq staubs

    sweet photo of the 40’s uniform-the Kennedy suit is (to me)priced accordingly. Liked Alex however / price says it all. Nice gift basket of goodies – thank you.


  5. jacq staubs

    Sweet photo of the 40’s sport suit- the Kennedy suit price/value (to me) appropriate – liked Alex however the price says it all – nice Easter basket of goodies – thank you. Have a wonderful one.


  6. Constance Ireland

    Dear Lizzie,
    I recently came across a book that I thought you would like to own/read. It is: A Winter Sport Book by Reginald Cleaver, pub. by A & C Black, UK. It is available on Ruby Lane in Greens’ shop. A bit pricey at $198, but there is a cheaper copy on Abe Books on-line. Forgive me for bothering you if you have already read it.


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