Category Archive: Historic Clothing

Greek Costume Dolls

As the downsizing continues at my mother-in-law’s house, I am bringing home boxes and boxes of photo albums and souvenirs to sort through.  Not only did I find these five souvenir dolls from… Continue reading

Punch Looks at Photographers

Since we have been looking at old cabinet cards in the last two posts, I thought it would be a good time to look at some illustrations of photographers from the 1862 Punch… Continue reading

If I Lived 130 Years Ago

My mental image of myself would be something like this: Or this: Or at the very least this: I would admire women dressed to the nines like this: But in reality, I would… Continue reading

August in the Archives

I live in Texas, and even though I usually spend a lot of time outdoors, in August, the heat gets to even me.  So I set aside this month to stay indoors and… Continue reading

Greek Costume Stamps

In 2007, I got to go to Athens (the real one in Greece — we have one in Texas too but it’s not quite as famous) on very short notice.  Usually when I… Continue reading

Creativity Triumphs – Theatre de la Mode

In the closing days of WWII in France, couturiers in Paris created an exhibit which would both “show the continuing vitality of the fashion industries” and raise money for war relief.  After the… Continue reading

97 Years Ago Today

The original caption is “Women Rivet Heaters and Passers On, Ship Construction Work.  Navy Yard, Pugent Sound, Washington.”  Taken May 29, 1919. Most of them are wearing proper boots with heels, but a… Continue reading

Design Advice from the Dress Doctors

I cannot adequately express how much I love this book The Lost Art of Dress: The Women Who Once Made America Stylish. Author Linda Przybyszewski tells the story of the early 20th century… Continue reading

We May Be in Better Shape Than We Thought

If you bemoan your fitness level, you might be interested in the results of this fitness test from 1889: In order to ascertain the influence of tight clothing upon the action of the… Continue reading

Harvest Costumes from the 1930s and 40s

In this season of harvest, I bring you some creative costumes from the bountiful Rio Grande Valley of  Texas.  They were made in the 1930s, 40s, and 50s, for the annual Birthday Party… Continue reading