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Fabrics and Dress by Lucy Rathbone and Elizabeth Tarpley (Houghton Mifflin Company, 1943).
Have you ever wondered, “How should the high-school girl dress? Is your dress distinctive? Why do you wear undergarments?” These are just a few of the questions pondered in this delightful 1940s throwback hardback, Fabrics and Dress. We recently uncovered this vintage home economics manual at the Prelinger Library, and just had to share some of the sage wisdom (and perhaps a little dated humor) contained within.
Covering a range of topics from proper dress to proper hygiene, it’s a wide window into the daily routines of yesteryear’s school girls. Have a look!
The book’s table of contents.
Well, will you?
Plaid taffeta or skirt & sweater combo — which was more appropriate for school? Any guesses?
1940s, vintage, vintage books
Omg, I love this. The book looks awesomeâ€”I adore all the illustrations!
Have got to check out the Prelinger Library.
wow! if i had this book from school i definitely would have kept it! Chapters 5 and 6 actually are very interesting.
The blonde girl in the top of the first picture looks exactly like Aurora in Disney’s Sleeping Beauty
I think my favorite is Chapter 7: The Foundation of the Dress. As much as I love the fact that society has moved beyond teaching women how to be prim and proper, I would have considered taking this class, if only to discover my personal style before I reached college.
This is way too funny! I actually just bought this book TODAY at the Red Velvet (A Beautiful Mess) estate sale!
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This is magical! I’ve been researching style for women from the 1920s-1950s in Europe and America, and this book looks like so much fun. My favorite is “Will you laugh at this style in a year or two?”
How do I look at the whole book?
this book is really cool. I would love to have this amy hands, but seeing it hires is awesome As well. Thank you for sharing it with us.
I have this book actually. They were cleaning out a library ,and had this book and several similar type book in the give a way pile so my Daughter in law brought them to me. I loved looking at them and have become great conversation pieces , along with a time in history. They taught a girl everything she needed to know from , washing your hair , bathing , teeth , Make up. I personally think that was neat.
I wish I had a book like this when I was in junior high and high school! It probably would have helped me a lot through those “awkward” years!
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