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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Edwardian Outer Wear

Don't know about you, but here in Western Colorado, it has been on the cold side the last few days.  Been raining, which is  much needed, but I have worn a sweater for the last couple of days.  Autumn is definitely in the air.

So, keeping with the Edwardian theme I have been on for the last week or so, here are some wonderful pictures and images of some of the things our Edwardian Women ancestors wore.

 Opera Coat by Pingat
 This is an ensemble were the long bodice was made to resemble a coat .... love the red!
 This is but one of Mr. Worths incredible creations

 Hunting party:  Many woman took part in the sport of hunting
 Fur stoles and muffs were all the rage

 Look at this incredible Cardigan!
I think I am long overdue making outer wear!   Perhaps it is time to bring out the fabrics and begin creating .... if not for this year, then I definitely have it on the list for next

And as always, have a wonderful day, and remember to smile you beautiful smile
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Friday, September 26, 2014

Women and the Early Automobile

 By 1910, equine transport had become almost obsolete, making automobiles not the wealthy status symbol it once held. With the openness of the Automobile, women's clothing needed a change due to being subjected to the elements.  First off, goggles were a must. Oil smuts could be a problem so women wore flat hats tied on with large, thick veils. Loose topcoats in tweed or leather to protect them from the weather and cold.
More and more women were taking to the roads, though I suspect not always appreciated by their husbands.

But an element of freedom was certainly gained by the independence of being behind the wheel

If a woman was going to strike out on her own, it did her well to know some of the mechanics of the automobile she was driving
Soon the 1900's became the Era of Speed with first motorcar race was held in 1894, and was quickly followed by the establishment of Grand Prix from Le Mans, France to Daytona Beach, Florida, where, in 1904, Willie K. Vanderbilt, Jr. clocked up to 92 mph in his 90 hp Mercedes. Katherine Drexel Dahlgren was not going to be left out in the category of racing
And once again, a new form of employment opportunities were awakened do the automobile with women converting a Model "T" Ford for food vending
However, since Automobiles were machines and therefore belonged to the world of men, just the idea of a woman driver was considered provacative
Which eventually led to (wink wink) the covers of Auto and Sport Magazines, such as this picture in 1928.  A pretty woman on covers of magazines exclusively for men .... and yes, it stands that way even today.

As always, have a wonderful day, and please remember to smile your beautiful smiles

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

"Hello Girls" .... Women's Employment and Service via the Telephone

Women's employment opportunities were often bleak historically.  If they were fortunate enough to marry into higher ranking social circles, they were cared for by their husbands, much as their fathers did prior.  But what about those who were not socially elevated on that ladder?  Or the ones who were widowed and orphaned?  One area of employment became their Lot in factories. Often within sewing factories were hundreds of women sweated their labor for 12 hours a day.

Then came the invention of the Telephone.  Though in it's origin, telephone operators were male, this first pictures depicts two women, Emma and Stella Nutt, working alongside boys and men in Boston.  It was found out over time, the males were not as kind, nor dependable.  They were brusk which led to many complaints from people who relied on them to transfer their calls to the appropriate parties.
The birth of the "Hello Girl's". Women had pleasant voices that customers, most of whom were men, incidentally, and the kinder voice is what they liked. Downside, there is always a downside to women's employment,  because society did not treat women equally, they could be paid less and supervised more strictly than men. Because women were generally discriminated against, operators' wages were low. Operators seldom got the respect they deserved,  and typically earned about $7 per week -- a small salary even in 1900.

But it did not take long for their employment to look like this:

 Still, the "Hello Girls"  were the heart of the telephone system. Not only did she watched over a switchboard containing up to 200 phone lines, but she was also the town's information source.  Though her main job was to plug callers' phone lines into the phone lines of the people they wanted to speak to, she would also inform customers of election results, streetcar breakdowns, storms, train arrivals, and much more.

 Telephones graced many homes:
And Rural areas:
But a woman's career was not limited to the switchboard. WWI changed that.  This next picture is that of the Signal Corps "Regimental".  After the training period, the first detachment of women, in charge of Chief Grace Banker, departed New York City early in March 1918. One of their jobs? To connect soldiers in the front-lines to the General command.
Then there is WWII.  Women wearing their gas masks and still doing their job:
Now, who remembers this lovely woman?
And once I put this adorable picture up as a Facebook Profile, and one of my son's thought it was me LOL ... sigh ... though probably appropriately depicted hahaha
So, as you reach for your cell phone, take a moment to see where you have come too in this era of phone usage.  Have a marvelous day, and remember to smile!

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Edwardian Parasol and Walking Stick

I am kind of on an Edwardian kick this week with making these two ensembles.
On bright sunny days, a parade of open umbrellas and parasols would be seen on the streets or park lanes. They were as important to a woman's accessory list as were her gloves and hat.  Their styles were endless, from handles being long or short, and covers from plain to ornate with lace and embellishments, but it was essential to her fashion.

Every self respecting Victorian and Edwardian gentlemen, many ladies, and even children used walking sticks throughout the eras. Often were used as a measure of social status, wealth, and power.  

Walking sticks of the era were decorated with intricate designs, jewels, gold, silver, porcelain, glass.  Some were used to hide things like flasks and swords. And it is said, Queen Victoria had an impressive collection of them.

 Seriously, who doesn't like Granny, and she was rarely caught without it.
On this note, I bid you all a wonderful day, and as always, remember to smile
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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The Edwardian Hat

And why do we need all of that hair arranged just so?
 Because of the fabulous hats the Edwardian's loved to wear!
And because they liked feathers!
And swirls of fluff
And they had a fancy for buckles
And just maybe, they needed an obscure place to carry their lunch
But whatever the reason, their hats were magnificent!  A milliners dream, or nightmare, but always seen as a work of art.
On the lovely sunny day in Western Colorado, I wish you a wonderful day, and remember to smile!

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