Category Archives: Canadian dress

That time when hem lengths were measured from the floor…

When hems started going up in the 1910s, they were measured according to how far off the ground they were, which this picture of the committee of the British Columbia Electric Social Club Dance from April 1, 1921 illustrates exceptionally … Continue reading

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Beach fashions, 1932

A fashion show of ladies beach and lounge wear at the Hudson Bay store in Vancouver, British Columbia in 1932. Note that the runway is made up of desks!

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Canadian Fashion Connection – Williams, Greene & Rome

Samuel James Williams was born March 13, 1853 in Madison, Indiana. In 1874 he went to New York and became a travelling salesman. He married Sarah Freeman in 1880, and continued working as a salesman until October 1881. He then … Continue reading

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Canadian Fashion Connection – America’s First Hunk

Charles Beach was born in Ontario, Canada (exact town unknown), in 1886. At the age of 16 he left home to go to New York to become an actor, but soon discovered he had no talent. Relying upon his tall, … Continue reading

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Canadian Fashion Connection – Lewis Lacey

Lewis Lacey was born in Montreal on February 17, 1887. In 1915 Lacey won the Argentine open in polo and became Argentina’s second 10-goal polo player. He then served for England during World War I before returning to Argentina to … Continue reading

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Canadian Fashion Connection – Berlin Felt and Rumpel Felt Companies

Born in Saxony on May 10, 1850, (Johann) George Rumpel completed his schooling at the age of fourteen and then apprenticed as a shoemaker with a three year ¬†indenture. George then followed his two older brothers example & immigrated to … Continue reading

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Canadian Fashion Connection – Perfect Knitting Mills

In 1914, German born Max Becker formed the Perfect Knitting Mills Ltd. (P.K. Mills Ltd.) in Listowel, Ontario. In 1927 P.K. was sold to Mercury Mills, and the official name was changed to Maitland Spinning Mills, although the P.K. brand … Continue reading

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Canadian Fashion Connection – Monarch Knitting Company

The Monarch Knitting Company was founded in 1903 in Dunnville, Ontario. They specialized in creating spun worsted knitting wool for hand knitters, as well as machine-knitted garments, primarily sweaters and swimwear. The company expanded rapidly, opening another plant in St. … Continue reading

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Canadian Fashion Connection – Hydro City Shoes

In 1889 G. V. Oberholtzer founded a shoe factory with his business partner M. Armbrust in Berlin, Ontario. After Armbrust’s death, Oberholtzer carried on alone, moving the company to new premises in 1893 to Weber and Victoria streets, to be … Continue reading

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The World’s First Booty Call

142 years ago, on August 10, 1876 Alexander Graham Bell received the world’s first long distance telephone call in Robert White’s Boot and Shoe store and Telegraph office. The one way phone call made 13 km away from the Dominion … Continue reading

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