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Vintage View: Exploring a 1940′s High Schooler’s Home Ec Manual

“Why do you wear undergarments?” “Is your dress distinctive?” These are just a few of the topics covered in our latest retro find, a ’40s home ec manual that’s equal parts wisdom and dated humor.

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Dresses Through the Decades

With another decade drawing to a close, and our expansive selection of vintage-inspired frocks right at my fingertips, I started to think about all the iconic silhouettes that each era brought.

But what about the decade that we’ve just put …

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Make-Up in the 1940s

We recently stumbled upon this eye-opening make-up tutorial from the 1940s! We’re smitten with the instrumental background music, all of the charming face illustrations, and of course, the narrator’s prim and polished elocution. On the other hand, whoever said having …

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Obsolete Fashion: All Good in the Snood?

A snood was a netted, tatted, knitted, or crocheted hairnet used to enclose hair at the back of the head, close to the nape. Though the term “snood” was used in the Middle Ages to refer to a wide variety …

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“Yarning” for Vintage

The DIY spirit is hardly a new trend. During the WWII era, when machine knitting was available, people were still enthusiastic about making sweaters, socks, even fascinators, by hand. I found this tattered but charming magazine, Gay Teen Ideas for

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