One of the great things about collecting photographs is that I don’t have to look very far for illustrations for my blog posts. I found the shawl sweaters in my 1921 catalog so interesting that I looked through my collection to see how women wore shawl-collared sweaters in the 1920s.
Above is an early 1920s photo that was taken at a sporting event of some sort, maybe a college field day at a school for women. There were lots of young women in middys and bloomers, but there were also some very sporty spectators.
I posted this photo some time ago in a quest to figure out what the heck these young people were doing. A close look shows that at least one of them is wear a shawl-collared sweater. (They are pulling a log for some unknown reason.)
This sweater looks like a more masculine style, so it is possible that this young woman has appropriated her boyfriend’s or brother’s sweater. I didn’t show any men’s sweaters from the Famous Fain catalog, but it does show this style of cardigan – a style that changed very little through the 1960s.
This photo is a bit more recent than the others, being dated 1929. It’s a good possibility that this is a man’s sweater as well, as those made for women tended to be more “fashionable.” By 1929, this style had been around for a while.
Collecting vintage photos is fun. They are easy to store and they do not take up much space. For practically every interest, there are vintage photos. I have a really hard time limiting myself to just ones of women in sports clothes and to travelers. I could easily tip over into people wearing Halloween costumes, homes decorated for Christmas, and kids playing with their dogs. And though I don’t actively collect them, I always look for ones that are somehow quirky, like ones I saw at the Met several years ago. I could have a category called “people doing nutty stuff in inappropriate clothing.”