Friday, March 1, 2013

Amateur Dresses

The 1930s, when dresses like these were made by amateurs.

Source: The Progressive Farmer, March 1935.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

French Do's

Source: Woman's Home Companion, September 1911

Monday, March 5, 2012

can your spanx do this?

Source: The Home Arts Magazine, 1934

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

a very vintage valentine

I have always loved old paper. As a child in the 80s I would buy Teaberry gum and save the wrappers because they looked 'old'. (I still love Teaberry gum but I do throw the wrappers away now). I've been collecting vintage ephemera for a long time, and vintage valentines are some of my favorite items. I have a few ornate Victorian ones with scalloped edges and beautiful artwork. But my absolute favorites are the little classroom valentines of the 30s, 40s, and 50s. They are just so cute and cheerful. These are just a few from my collection. Happy Valentines Day! :)

Thursday, January 26, 2012

spring fashions 1949

The gray days of winter have me looking forward to spring and lighter/brighter clothing. I scanned these from a 1949 insert of the pattern department of the Philadelphia Inquirer. The green ensemble with matching beret in the first picture has my name all over it. I love the color combination. While the 30s is my absolute favorite era, there are so many things I love about the designs of this time period too. So pretty!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Wouldn't you love to know where this dress is today?

Source: Popular Science, November 1937