A beautifully illustrated cover from a 1912 Collier’s magazine. The young man looks smashing in his suit and tweed hat, and I just love the casual elegance of the woman’s day dress and wonderful hairstyle.
May 2009 archive
Here is a lovely example of a Titanic-era tea gown. Note all the trimming on the bodice and the skirt draping. Simply fantastic.
A wonderful circa 1912 pattern for a young woman’s dresses. The differing front bodice closures are fun to study. (Many thanks to the Kerrie Lyons Collection for the loan!)
Here is an ad for men’s socks from a 1912 ladies’ magazine. His suit is great, but I love her simple gown!
Photograph of a young woman in her graduation dress, circa 1917.
Picture from a 1919 catalog of a woman in a white dress.
Here are some of the featured patterns for the same 1918 issue of The People’s Home Journal shown below. Patterns for waists are at the top left, while gowns and skirts are featured at right.
Both of these ads come from the same 1918 issue of The People’s Home Journal. Although the dresses offered were produced for different companies, they share many of the same features. Note the sheer sleeves as well as the bodice and skirt shapes.
Here is a page from a beautifully illustrated 1916 catalog for menswear. The women’s clothing in the pictures is lovely, too! This entire catalog is available as a download on my Vintage eBooks page. It’s gorgeous with a full-color cover.
These are my great-grandparents, Earl Ethell and Pearl Wright, in 1917 when they were newly engaged.