Every year I get this anti-Valentine’s Day vibe from posters across the internet. I think it is time we took the romance out of the holiday and made it strictly about love – love for family, love for pets, love for art, love for one another. Spend the day with the ones you love, or doing the things you love.
I’ve always adored Valentine’s Day because the association with flowers seems to be the first herald of spring. How can that be a bad thing?
Best wishes to all my Valentines!
I want to thank everyone who takes the time to read my vintage ramblings week after week. I’ve said this before, but the internet is such a gift to people who want to connect with like-minded others. I’ve made so many friends through this blog, and I treasure all of you.
2014 was a good year for me. I didn’t get to travel as much as I’d liked (due to circumstances I could not control) but I’ve learned that adventure is where you find it. Most importantly, this year was free of personal tragedy, and for that I’m most grateful. We still have our Spookster dog, and at seventeen years and nine months, that is saying a lot.
I wish all of you the best in the coming year. May we all look for the good in life, and do what we can to correct the bad.
May you all be as well dressed as this 1930s skier. Here’s to a fashionable New Year!
Repost from 11/11/11
This ad is from 1919, a year in which Americans were seeing the return of many injured servicemen from WWI. America had a bit of a romanticized view of the war, being so far removed from the horrors that Europe was experiencing, and even after the war ended, and many men came home with their rose-colored glasses removed, the public was pretty much unaware of the horrendous experience of it all.
This ad came form a 1919 Harper’s Bazar. Many of the stories in the magazine, and in others from 1919, refer to returning soldiers, and to the war, but there really is no mention of just how bad an experience it had been. In the stories, there seems to be no “shell shock,” no poison gas, no death.
I guess it would have been worth it had one of the names for WWI been true – “The War to End All Wars.” But unfortunately, they were wrong in 1919.
I love red, white, and blue, not because the colors are somehow “patriotic” but because they simply say “summer” to me. When we think of clothing classics, we think of the little black dress and the white cotton shirt and the cardigan sweater. Maybe we ought to also consider this on-going color combination favorite.
To make my point, today I’m sharing some summer clothes from my collection, all of which have some combination of the color trio. If you are a newcomer to The Vintage Traveler, you can click the links to read the original blog post about each item.
The early 1970s tennis dress above reminded me of tennis star Chris Evert.
Along the same lines is this 1970s tennis dress from White Stag. Note the logo on the pocket.
Red, white, and blue always says “nautical” to me as well. This gathered novelty print skirt from the 1950s shows why.
Continuing with the nautical theme is this late 1950s or early 60s short sleeve jacket. Just add navy slacks.
Add these red 1950s Summerettes to make the ensemble complete.
A 1930s beach-goer would have covered up with a red,white, and blue beach pyjama.
For sports spectating, the 1930s woman might have chosen a nautical themed sundress.
Nautical themes were also good for shopping, as seen in this 1930s cotton frock.
Bathing suits have always looked good in red, white, and blue, as in this Jantzen suit from 1936...
And this swimsuit from the early 1970s.
Got something red, white, and blue to sell or to share? Feel free to post a link in the comments.
For those of you who think I do nothing but shop for vintage treasures, I’m showing a bit of my Instagram photos from December. Instagram has turned out to be the surprise of the internet for me. I love these little glimpses into the lives of people around the world. It’s the only social media that I use without a direct connection to this blog, so it is more like play. You can get a sneak peek by clicking the link at the right. You don’t even have to set up an account to view photos.
I showed the progress on my French couture jacket. Here is the collar and the fringe. This was the last component in the construction of the jacket.
I share a lot of my Scottie dog collection on Instagram. There are lots of Scottie lovers there.
I’m in the process of reading the memoir of Stanley Marcus, a book I found at the Goodwill Outlet. Marcus was the CEO of Neiman-Marcus for many years. So much fashion history…
And more of the Holiday decorations.
This is a project I’ll be showing here in a few days. It’s a Harris Tweed / cashmere sweater mash-up.
Christmas dinner with my family was celebrated at a local restaurant. That’s my little great-nephew and his daddy, nephew #2.
Carolina Boulevard in Clyde, NC.
Today I visited a museum in Asheville, and took a few photos of some of the great architecture. This is the S&W Cafeteria, an Art Deco masterpiece.
I want to thank all of you who take the time to read The Vintage Traveler. Having this blog and the conversations and friendship here have helped me deal with the loss of my sister. I’m so pleased that over the past year the readership has almost doubled. I look forward to more of our discussions of fashion past.
I sat down to compile The Vintage Miscellany, but soon realized that there was not much of note to share. I’m guessing people were too busy celebrating Christmas to be spend much time on the internet. So instead of the regular feature, I hope you enjoy this fun video card from Oxford University’s Ashmolean Museum.
My thanks to Jonathan and Kenn of the Fashion History Museum for sending it my way.