I recently read through an interesting travel journal from 1958 that has been published online. The original journal was discovered at an estate auction in Michigan and was written by Judy ‘B’, a college graduate who went on a two month holiday to Europe with a student tour group. Although her entries are brief, they provide some interesting glimpses into 1958, daily life in Europe, and a youngs American girl’s perspective. There are several fashion references – here are some of the more interesting:
Saturday, July 19, 1958 – Lucerne, Switzerland
…After breakfast, Sue and I hurried to the stores to spend our money…went to Gubelin’s where I got one of those Rainbow watches. It has a gold base and leather straps you can change. …at 3:00 John took us swimming at Lido Beach. We soaked up some sun, and gazed at the people in their bikinis who looked at us as if we were over-dressed.
Sunday, July 20, 1958 – Bregenz, Austria
Decided to get dressed up for dinner (we are staying at the Krone Hotel), so wore my new sack dress. As I was leaving the table John was right behind me, and gave me a poke saying, “See you’re wearing your sexy sax”. We went to a light opera, The Bartered Bride. When I got in after the opera, Donna wasn’t back so I had to go down to get the key, and this real cute blond bus boy said he had a room and I could come down there! Good Luck!