Category Archive: Historic Clothing

The Fabulous Aunt Millie and Her Fashions

Every year, I spend the month of August digitizing our family archives, and then, when I have worked hard for a month, I reward myself with Aunt Millie’s photographs! Millie lived in Juneau,… Continue reading

Riffety! Riffety! Rus! — A Yearbook from 1916

Here is another treasure from the archives of my husband’s family — a school annual from Dresden, Ohio. To start us off in the proper spirit, here is the official Senior Yell: Riffety!… Continue reading

An “Infair” to Remember

As I have been working on the archives from my husband’s family over the last 3 years, I have been studiously avoiding one particular folder.  It is full of faint photocopies made in… Continue reading

Extreme Textile Happiness

Somehow I got on Gretchen Rubin‘s mailing list, so every Friday I get an email with “Five Things Making Me Happy” as the subject. It got me thinking about some great textile finds… Continue reading

Better Counseling through Costume Books

People rarely ask me for advice, but if they did, I’d be ready!  (At least as long as they limited their questions to the area of recommendations on costume history books.  And my… Continue reading

Putting Herself in the Picture

Last week, in one of my favorite used book stores, I found the book Women’s Worlds:  The Art and Life of Mary Ellen Best 1809-1891. Mary Ellen Best was a professional artist active… Continue reading

Textile Highlights at Centre Charlemagne in Aachen

Along with our visit to Aachen Cathedral and Treasury, we also visited the Centre Charlemagne.  I had been hoping that this museum would focus on the life of Charlemagne, but it is more… Continue reading

Aachen Cathedral Textile Treasures

Last week I got to tag along on my husband’s business trip to Düsseldorf, Germany.  We had one day available for a side trip, so I picked a place I have wanted to… Continue reading

Ohio Merchant’s Inventory from 1847

While hunting online for our ancestors’ records, I have been searching through collections of digitized microfilm pictures.  I have been lucky; many of them have already been indexed, making it easy to go… Continue reading

Ladies of the Clipper Ship Prima Donna

One of my ongoing topics to research is the history of sails.  Lately, I came across these 19th century clipper ship cards, that are just too good to keep to myself. Only the… Continue reading