Posts from the ‘Style’ Category

A Monopoly On Fashion

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Colin Swan, newsman for the CHLO in Canada, awards the winner of the 1976 Monopoly Tournament at Elgin Mall, St. Thomas Ontario. No doubt that Joey Starcevic on the far right is wondering how much money he’ll need to save for buying a sweet blazer like Colin’s.

Photo courtesy Elgin County Archives

Retro Selfie [1979]

Retro Selfie [1979]

Sometimes a self-portrait captures youth in its beautiful stages. This is not one of them. I was 15 and messing around with my camera and tripod at home. The mesh trucker hat – now revered once more after years of being reviled – sings praises to the kind of muffler I had installed on my first car. The snap-up plaid shirt was well worn and – quite frankly – a bit small for me even then. If it weren’t for the sweet 70s lamp in the background, this scene could be mistaken for the swinging entry doors of a saloon. I didn’t know much about composition back then.

But I sure knew how to look like the guy who delivered your paper on a beat-up BMX bike!

Groovy Daycare

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No doubt they’re on their way to the Rec Center to play PONG.

Fashion Ahoy!! [1974]

Fashion Ahoy!! [1974] #sailfish #dress #florida #style #fashion #oldgoldfiltered #filmisnotdead

There is no end to the gems which unearth themselves from the Florida archives!

As it always seems to be, this 1974 fashion shot from Roy Erickson caught my eye as I was searching for something else.  That is one happy Sailfish, with small waves below it to soften its massive leap across her skirt.  The material in her dress appears to be identical to some of the shirts I wore during Junior High – slick, shiny and snaggy.  I’m sure there’s a name for it, but the word escapes me right now.

We can just call it “Disco Denim.”

Jantzen (and Marshmallow Circus Peanut) Spoken Here [1967]

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Scan courtesy of RChappo2002

There’s coordination, and then there’s saturation. This golfer seems to have lost a ball, but found a fan. She likes that every bit of clothing is the color of a circus snack, and that he can hold a putter with the confidence of a king.  His hair is assurance that comb-overs exist even when they aren’t required.

Founded in 1910, Jantzen Sportswear still exists as a division of Perry Ellis.

`61 Style – Courtesy of Montgomery Ward

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Scans courtesy of James Lileks

Before the Intertubes took over our buying habits, there was Sears and Wards.

These images are from the 1961 Montgomery Ward catalog, “Your Store At Home!”  Order over the telephone and like magic you have a new wardrobe (Just say “Charge It”).  Just look at the wasp wastes, the fitted cuts, and the hair.  And the hats.  Wow.  Every picture looks like the model is on the way to some kind of social function, or at least dressing for the unexpected fortune which might be walking their way.  With the recent appearance of shows like Mad Men, Vegas, and the short-lived Pan Am, styles from the early 1960s have gotten a lot of attention.

And in my mind, it’s for good reason.

I have some respect for the amount of effort it took to be in style back then.  The fashion of the era had a certain way of drawing a line between genders, something which has become more blurred with time.  Catalogs from any decade serve as a time capsule, and this one from fifty-plus years ago captures much.

The scans above were done by James Lileks, a Midwestern blogger and writer.  He is also immensely funny, and his descriptions of pictures he posts on his personal blog have – in the past – made me purple from laughing.  To see this entire scan collection – page by page – click HERE.  Make sure to read his commentary!

Norwegian Summer Fashion! [1953]

Jet Setter is On The Job

Jet Setter is On The Job

In the northlands of Europe, the Summer is long and bright.  Many of us outside of the Old Country (I’m Scandinavian by ancestry) don’t think of the warm Summer days that Norway and Sweden possess; most of the time I think of the frigid cold and dark days of Winter – long and chill enough to create a Castle Of Ice which lasts long enough to be a hotel.

So when I caught these1953 fashion photos in Norwegian Government Archives, I was a bit surprised.

The purpose of these photos is unclear; they could have been for an ad campaign, since many of them use flash lighting in outside settings.  But the angles are not as professional as I would expect for ad graphics.  It is a mystery.  What is clear from the pictures, however, is that the model was having a lot of fun.  She plays with the camera, hams it up with her dog, and even makes watering the garden look like a glamorous endeavor.  Her expressions are priceless, and strikingly similar to those of the modern entertainer Katy Perry.

Moter Sommeren!

Moter, sommeren 1953

Moter, sommeren 1953

Moter, sommeren 1953

Moter, sommeren 1953

Moter, sommeren 1953

Moter, sommeren 1953

Moter, sommeren 1953

Quilting Overload [1973]

Quilting Overload 1973

Exhausted from Quilting

This is truly a time capsule of awesomeness.

Sunset Books put out “Quilting & Patchwork” in 1973, and these are the color pictures from that publication.  I have to tread lightly when it comes to quilting, because my Mom, my oldest sister, and the stunning Mrs. BelRedRoad all love it.  But after viewing these photos yesterday, even my Mom called the photo above “dreadful.”  So I figured I could poke a little bit of fun in any case.

Quilting Overload Tie 1973

Donna and Stan heading out for a night at the Rec Center

Quilting Overload Tennis 1973

Ad copy might read “You’ll 15-Love this tastefully quilted racquet cover!”

Quilting Overload Swirl 1973

Is it chocolate? A bird? Dirt? Top of a coffee drink?

Quilting Overload Skirt 1973

This could be my friend’s Mom at his 9th birthday.

Quilting Overload Mushrooms 1973

Heh-heh…HuhHuhHuhHuh…Heh-heh…Shrooms…

Quilting Overload Caftan 1973

Quilted Caftan!

After writing about Caftans recently, finding this picture was like a total win.

Quilting Overload Caftan 2 1973

Perfect for working at the Co-Op.

Quilting Overload Beach Throw 1973

Honestly, this could be 2013 instead of 1973.

Quilting Overload Apron 1973

Whatever she’s cooking has no meat. And a lot of cold lima beans.

Fifties Fashion

A fashion model standing against tree trunk poses for a photo

Courtesy of the Florid State Archives come these stylish shots of models taken in 1958 and 1959. Gloves and pencil-thin cuts were the thing of the day! There is something timeless about this look.

Elnita modeling fashion in the Ancient Spanish Monastery: North Miami Beach, Florida

A fashion model in dress poses by column at Ancient Spanish Monastery: North Miami Beach, Florida

Raglan For Boys And Girls [1964]

One can find all sorts of fun things at a thrift store. In my case, I found a coverless Bear Brand pattern book called Raglans for Boys and Girls – Sizes 4 to 14. It was Volume #80 from 1964, and sold for a whopping 85 cents new. Not only were there pictures of the products, but also instructions on how to make them.

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“X+Y…Girl+Boy…Huh huh huh heheheh,,,”

I was immediately taken by the fact that these kid models were super-clean cut and not-cheesy.  Oddly, some of the styles from nearly fifty years ago would go over well even now, in an environment where conservative dress is required.

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Others aren’t so fortunate:

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“Suzy? Can I have the rest of my dress now?”

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The next picture shows how photo editing was done prior to have computers:

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The boy was not part of the original picture; he was taped in behind the dog and next to the girl.  If you look closely above her, you’ll see the cut line in a zig zag pattern with the bricks.

No photo editors required 🙂

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“But Jenny, their tentacles are starting to push through my scalp and they burn…”

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“Mom was right. It did shoot my eye out.”

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As dawn breaks, she sings the praises of the Motherland…

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“So…your sister’s ball is kinda bouncy…”

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“But my gym teacher says I’ll be taller than you in six months…”

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She has two weeks worth of her wardrobe lined up in an orderly fashion.

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“Maggie, I spit on my hand…”

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