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Vintage Miscellany – May 1, 2016

I recently was lucky enough to get a set of photo from fellow VFG member, Poppy’s Vintage Clothing, all of a group of women and a golf club.  Note that there is a very important element missing in the photo above – the golf ball!  It appears that the women were just posing.  I posted on Instagram that the women all looked to be too corseted to be playing golf, and was then sent a photo of a circa 1895 golfing corset.  I guess it was like the spots bra of that era.

My photos are not dated, but are 1910 or so.

I appreciate all the thoughtful comments and interesting ideas posted last week in my series on working toward a guilt-free closet.  The topic continues to be in the news.


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Vintage Miscellany – April 10, 2016

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I’m still working on looking closely at antique photographs in order to better place a date on them.  In this case I keep wavering between 1890 and 1898.  The sleeves are slightly puffed, and are too small to be from the mid 1890s when sleeves could have been filled with helium to make the wearer airborne.  That’s a joke, of course, but they were huge, puffy things.  The sleeves did begin to get smaller, with some more conservative styles like this one by 1898.

It does look like the blouse has a very high and tight collar.  This style came in around 1897

The length of the skirt, however, I’d think would be shorter by 1898.  Women played with the idea of wearing knickers while riding, but it was just too radical for most places, and so women bikers settled on a riding skirt a few inches off the ground.

So, help me decide, please.  Meanwhile, here is the news:


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Vintage Miscellany – March 27, 2016

It’s too bad all photos aren’t date stamped like this one from 1946.  It sure takes the guess-work out of evaluating a vintage photo, but then it takes some of the fun out of it as well.

This weeks news:


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Vintage Miscellany – March 13, 2016

It’s the 1940s.  If not for the big, happy smile on her face, you might suppose these women are running to escape some unknown menace.  Or maybe the water was colder than it looked and one big wave sent them scurrying for the comfort of a chenille beach cape.  Photos should come with a backstory!

And now for the news…


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Vintage Miscellany – February 28, 2016

When I look at vintage photos I’m often more intrigued by the accessories than by the garments.  In this case I’m loving the whatsit with the anchor motif.  It is probably a bag of some sort.  And that’s an interesting choice of shoe.


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Vintage Miscellany – February 14, 2016

If you are on the east coast of North America, I do not have to tell you that it is too cold for snowshoeing.  It’s also too cold for skiing, and skating, and just walking around outside, but I bet there are plenty of people who are braving the wind chill in order to have a bit of fun at winter sports.  I just hope they are attired as nicely as the pair above.

This is New York Fashion Week, so the fashion world is obsessed with that.  There is, however, a bit of news that might be of interest.

And finally, I don’t closely follow fashion week, but it was pretty hard to ignore all the hoopla surrounding the Kanye West Yeezy III spectacle.  I’ll pass no judgement on the music, as I’m too old to care, nor on the clothes, as I’m too old to care.  But it sort of tickled me to read review after review in which this was painted as some deep form of art.  Perhaps it is, and I’m a shallow consumer who really just wants a fashion show to be about the clothes.  Is that asking too much?

And as for the line of the week, that honor goes to Cathy Horyn, who wrote about Anna Wintour, “…she looked diminished, like a Kardashian accessory.”


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Vintage Miscellany – January 31, 2016

The bicycle did a lot to change the lives of women and to give them mobility.  Still, riding in that skirt with all those spokes simply looks like an accident waiting to happen!  The photo is not dated, but the woman is wearing the “uniform” adopted by modern women in the late Victorian, early Edwardian era – that of neat white waist and slightly shorter a-line skirt.

And now for the news:


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