Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Monday, December 30, 2013

This Is Horrible! - Relief At Last!

"While I am unalterably opposed to corset wearing, I do not hesitate to say that the women who wear them will do well to substitute the Q.D. Clasp for those now in use." - Annie Jenness Miller, Dress Reformer.

If you'd like to more about the Dress Reformers click here

I learned that the movement started with corsets and underwear because it "could be modified without exposing the wearer to social ridicule". And did you know that "In the 19th century, poor women were known to wear corsets "boned" with rope, rather than steel or bone, to facilitate work in the field."

Myrtle Got A New Dress

"With such practical and becoming dresses available the housewife need not feel extravagant if she adds another to her wardrobe."

The Morning Tells The Story

Let Your SHOES look dressy

The All Fountain Brush Bath - 1906


Send Me 8 Cents...

"Write TODAY before you forget."

Elizabeth Is A Sensible Girl

But we all have regrets. 

For An Instant Her Grasp Tightened On The Others' Hand

Why? What was going on? 

Sunday, December 29, 2013

It's the Cocktail Bra!

It's "mysteriously provocative"!

Friday, December 27, 2013

For The New Years Party in 1937

Make an entrance...wear a cape inspired by British Peeresses! 

Thursday, December 26, 2013

I Need a New Years Makeover

I think I'll get my hair did...that should do the trick. 

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Monday, December 23, 2013

It's not to late to get him...

...a swinging tie! More from Sears and Roebuck in 1943.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Every Gal Wants These For Christmas!

More good ideas from Sears and Roebuck in 1948!

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Gift Ideas for the Kids - 1948

The 1948 Sears and Roebuck catalog gives us lots of gift suggestions. Today for the kids we have warm hats, mittens and sweaters.  

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Gift Ideas From 1890

Here are some of the popular gifts from The Ladies Home Journal in 1890. You would be a big hit if you gave her a carpet sweeper or a dress form. He wanted felt slippers and perfume is always a good idea! 

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

A Christmas Letter to My Husband - 1934

A Singer For Christmas! "It would be better than a new dress..."

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Do Your Christmas Shopping Early - 1924

In 1924 the nice people at the Montgomery Ward Company sent out their Fall/Winter catalog to show you everything you could want or need. Here they give you suggestions for Christmas gifts. Choose from watches, rings, silver set, cuff links, pens, clocks and pearls. I would like the beaded bag with tortoise shell frame, thank you very much. 

Monday, December 16, 2013

Lewis Carroll's Christmas Greetings

Today I got a 1923 copy of Alice In Wonderland. Unfortunately it's in very poor condition (falling apart), but this poem was just before the title page.
As an extra treat click here.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Make The Holiday Scene - the "With It" gift!

In your velvetized paper Hostess Skirt. ...looks, feels, drapes, just like rich velvet! One wrap-around style fits all sizes - snips to any length with a scissors. Guaranteed to wash or dry clean and iron. Great for entertaining or for that "with it" gift. Attractively packaged, in Festive Red!  

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Maybe you are tired of shopping too.

I am feeling much better since yesterday, but man, this getting ready for Christmas takes it out of a gal! 

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

I Have THE Cold.

I wanted to be witty and clever today, but instead you just get cranky and pitiful. Sorry 'bout that. 

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

There is Enough Time to Knit Your Gifts!

Bear Brand - "hand knits for young America" offer "Sharp Skate Wear for Gay Young Blades!" and asks if you are "On The Trail of a Bright Ski Sweater?" 

Monday, December 9, 2013

Arts and Crafts for Christmas from 1955

Use paper rolls to make "Table Figures For Christmas"! 

Friday, December 6, 2013