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About Jonathan

Jonathan Walford is a fashion historian and co-founder of the Fashion History Museum in Cambridge, Ontario. The FHM maintains a collection of nearly 12,000 artifacts dating from the mid 17th century to the present. Jonathan has authored various books and museum catalogues, including The Seductive Shoe, Shoes A-Z, Forties Fashion, 1950s American Fashion, and Sixties Fashion.

Patent Fashions – Dude Ranch scarf, 1939-1946

Found this rayon satin print cowboy theme scarf at the local antique mall yesterday and noticed it had the design patent number D-114850 on it. Turns out it was patented in May 1939 for 7 years.

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Brooks Brothers Bites the Dust

I was not surprised when I read this morning that Brooks Brothers was filing for bankruptcy protection. The company blames the pandemic, but is that really the problem? I knew they were in trouble years ago. Founded in 1818, the … Continue reading

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Pay no attention to the woman behind the curtain…

Ran across this old article during one of those online ‘rabbit hole’ marathons… Photographs of mothers disguised as curtains and tablecloths in Victorian photographs.

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Poison Rubber

In 1887, three men who all worked at a New York rubber company were committed to a local Hospital for incoherent insanity. Dr. Frederick Peterson, who specialized in nervous conditions, thought the men may have inhaled fumes from carbon disulfide … Continue reading

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Would the Real Rosie the Riveter Please Stand Up

In 1943 Redd Evans and John Jacob Loeb wrote a song about a munitions worker who “keeps a sharp lookout for sabotage / sitting up there on the fuselage”. The song Rosie the Riveter was inspired by real life riveter … Continue reading

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Fashion in Song: The Revolutionary Costume for Today – 2007

Oh, hi. Thank heaven you’re here.You look absolutely terrific, honestly.(Mother wanted me to come out in a kimono so we had quite a fight…) (Singing)The best kind of clothes for a protest poseIs this ensemble of pantyhosePulled over the shorts, … Continue reading

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Canadian Fashion Connection – Bonnie Stuart

Bonnie Stuart shoes began as the Galt Shoe Manufacturing Company in 1910. Founded by E.C. Getty in Galt, Ontario, the company was sold or taken over by Dr. Joseph Radford and his son-in-law Andrew M. Stuart. Radford was a prominent … Continue reading

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Fashion Humour

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Beauty school drop out – the Lamoureaux Mannequin

Often mis-identified as a store window mannequin head or dating much older than they are, the Lamoureaux mannequin head was produced, with no change in design, from about the late 1930s to the mid 1960s. Made in a small factory … Continue reading

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OFF TOPIC

I have this file where I throw in pictures that aren’t about fashion but that amuse or amaze me. It’s time to clean out that file, so here are some my OT images:

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