Tag Archives: WWII

Double Elevens label, June 1946 – March 1952

There has been confusion about this label that shows up in English clothing from the late 1940s. A discussion about it came up on an eBay chatboard 15 years ago. I said it looked like a place setting, with a dinner-plate in the … Continue reading

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Message in a sweater

I ran across this fascinating story from a local history blog and couldn’t wait until November 11 to post it… Jim Alexander was a resident of Hespeler, Ontario and a Corporal with the Li­ncoln and Wel­land Re­gi­ment in WWII. In March … Continue reading

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Buttoning it up right

There are several theories as to why men and women’s clothes are buttoned on opposite sides. I subscribe to the theory that mens’ buttons are on the wearer’s right side because men have tended to dress themselves over the centuries … Continue reading

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Canadian Fashion Connection – Veronica Foster

Two days ago I was driving home from Toronto and looked to my right from the highway as I exited downtown, noticing that all the old wartime factories are gone now, replaced by Condos. The only remnant of the past … Continue reading

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A reader of my Forties Fashion book sent me a link to a blog about a wedding dress made from a parachute. I have seen, read about or heard of maybe two dozen garments made from parachutes, including underwear, baby … Continue reading

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