Category Archive: Historic Clothing

April Fools

Here are a couple of pictures from my historic photo collection, that seem appropriate for April Fools’ Day.  I love old photos where the people’s personalities shine through.

Properly Attired Servants, 1907-style

Now that we have sprung forward, I’m sure spring cleaning is on your mind.  Which inevitably brings up questions, “How many servants should I have?” “How shall I occupy myself while they are working?” and… Continue reading

Happy Feet

I’d always assumed these stockings were hand knit, just because they were made of cotton and had fancy stitches.  But since reading the 1914 book Textiles by William H. Dooley, I think they may… Continue reading

Textile Tangents

I love looking at the people and clothing trends in historic photos.  Somehow I have built up quite a collection – family members know I’m interested and pass on all those ancestor photos,… Continue reading

Dresses to Dream of

I used to pass by all the old photos in antique stores, but then I saw the book Dressed for the Photographer: Ordinary Americans and Fashion, 1840 – 1900 by Joan L. Severa.  … Continue reading

Late 1800s dress

This is a wool dress I bought at an antique shop in Richmond, Texas. I hope it was originally from up North, because I think this would be too hot and sticky to wear… Continue reading

Not So Run-of-the-Mill

The best part about collecting textiles is getting to really look at them.  Books just can’t show enough details, and in museums, the few textiles that are on display are usually set too… Continue reading