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Image for Formfit In Show Business (Formfit Lingerie Sales Brochure and 33-1/3 RPM Record)

Formfit In Show Business (Formfit Lingerie Sales Brochure and 33-1/3 RPM Record)

By: N/A

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Formfit: Uknowm 50s'-60's

Seller ID: 0118

Condition: Very Good


Quirky, fun collectible and probably the oddest thing I ever bought. No date on this one, but clothing on drawings would indicate late 50's to early 60's. Bright pink sales brochure was issued to the would-be Formit lingerie salesperson, or as they say on the record, "corsetiere!" Inside it says, "Join Betsy White for a preview in sound of your Show Business Career." This is augmented by a drawing of the stylish Betsy White, a female salesperson holding up a girdle, and a funky picture of an early 20th century chorus line which doesn't seem to really have anything to do with anything. The rec... View more info

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Ribbon and Fabric Trimmings

By: N/A

Price: $22.00

Publisher: Scranton, PA, Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts & Sciences 1925: 1925

Seller ID: 0192

Condition: Fine


Beautiful condition -- very clean with no faults other than light tanning to beige back cover. This is an oldie, but goodie, if you sew because there are intructions for making all kinds of ribbon flowers and other pretty fripperies. Many instructional photographs too. This is the sort of thing that makes me wish I knew what end to thread the needle! Book measures 8-1/2"x11-1/2" and has 45 pages of amazing, creative ideas. View more info

Image for Charm: The Magazine for Women Who Work August, 1952

Charm: The Magazine for Women Who Work August, 1952

By: N/A

Price: $15.95

Publisher: Street & Smith Publications: 1952

Edition: August 1952

Seller ID: 0276

Condition: Good-plus


Charm is not a magazine you see too much, probably because there were fewer women in the workplace in 1952. I wasn't really too surprised that work played a small role in the magazine's content other than the clothes one wore to the office. But -- wow! -- what sophisticated clothes these were. I always think of poodle skirts and Donna Reed shirtwaists when I think of the 50's, but not for these women. High fashion! The other topics include the predictable -- child care and what to fix for dinner. But if you're a fashion junkie, this one is fabulous! Clean and tightly bound with a few creases t... View more info

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Costume; Western Reserve Historical Society Chisolm Halle Costume Wing 1986

By: N/A

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Cleveland, Ohio, Western Reserve Historical Society: 1986

Seller ID: 0536


Very nice, clean museum catalog, one of the most beautiful of its kind. Designed in soft cover with a card cover dustjacket. Illustrating in gorgeous full color ladies period costumes dating from 1810 to the 1960's, all of which are in the Western Reserve Historical Society of Cleveland's Chisholm Halle Costume Wing. Includes preface by Barry Wayne Bradley who at the time of writing was Associate Curator of Costume & Textiles. Measures 9"x12" and has 35 pages View more info

Image for The Wigmaker in Eighteenth-Century Williamsburg

The Wigmaker in Eighteenth-Century Williamsburg

By: N/A

Price: $8.95

Publisher: Williamsburg, Virginia, Colonial Willamsburg: 1965

Seller ID: 0716

Condition: Very Good


This is a decidedly fascinating little booklet which offers a tremendous amount of information, including drawings of equipment of the trade and the many styles available. The text covers the work of the wigmaker of course, but also the history of the trade, the Williamsburg wig shops, the colonial era clientele, the making of a wig, the prices, the role of barbers. Here's a fascinating fact -- in 1727 a French encyclopedia stated that there were 45 styles of wigs. In 1764 it had grown to 115. Booklet measures 6"x9-1/2" and has36 pages. View more info

Image for McCall's Magazine January 1914 (Fashion Plates)

McCall's Magazine January 1914 (Fashion Plates)

By: N/A

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, The McCall Company: 1914

Edition: Vol. XLI No. 5

Seller ID: 0717


I love, love, LOVE these early issues of McCalls. I had some more, but sold them all at the Cleveland Book and Paper show last fall and now I'm down to just this one. But this one is a pretty thing indeed, especially those pages of fashion plates (see photo two). The format was smaller in those days, so this magazine measures just 8"x11", nowhere near the size it grew to later, especially during the 30's. Even in the early days McCall's kept true to form with articles on housekeeping, sewing, fashion, and ways for women to make money (in this issue it's millinery and hostessing). Other featur... View more info

Image for Shoes They Are Wearing In Russia To-Day; Corona Kid Company, Boston (circa 1920's)

Shoes They Are Wearing In Russia To-Day; Corona Kid Company, Boston (circa 1920's)

By: N/A

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Boston, Massachusets, Corona Kid Company: circa 1920's

Seller ID: 0769

Condition: Very Good


Very quirky advertising brochure for the Corona Kid Company of Boston, strangely not dated. The oldest reference of the company I found was the July 3, 1901 issue of Book & Shoe Recorder which lists them as an advertiser for leather. The next reference was 1903 when Shoe Worker's Journal mentioned that the company baseball team was the best in the area. Then in 1914 there was a notice that they had moved up South Street. The last notice was in 1921 which indicated that the company was big in patent leather -- which brings us to this advertising piece. Its big sell was that Corona Colt leather ... View more info

Image for Vogue Patterns Magazine Summer 1972 "The Time of Your Life"

Vogue Patterns Magazine Summer 1972 "The Time of Your Life"

By: N/A

Price: $14.95

Publisher: New York, Vogue: June/July, 1972

Seller ID: 0797

Condition: Very Good


Very nice, clean magazine. Very retro of course, but some of the clothes are still pretty cute as is, or can be updated with some tweaking. The magazine' slogan is "anything less just wouldn't be you!" The "in color" then was crisp white, but styles varied a bit. There are glamorous ruffles, dresses with a dash of color, designs for petites, long dresses and mini dresses and much more. Also includes articles about creating different looks from the same pattern, making your own swimsuit, and making perfect pants. Also includes a yardage guide and fabric dictionary. Measures 8-1/2"x11" and is cl... View more info

Image for Harper's Bazar Magazine Saturday, May 26, 1888

Harper's Bazar Magazine Saturday, May 26, 1888

By: N/A

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, Harper & Brothers: 1988

Edition: Vol. XXI- No.21

Seller ID: 0872

Condition: Very Good


Oversized newspaper-like magazine -- one of the early Harper's Bazars. I think the pages had to have been opened by the reader which is why the top and side edges show unevenness and small tears. I have, however, repaired the tears with almost invisible archival tape to keep them from worsening. Overall this is a very clean and attractive magazine geared to women. Among the stories are American Women As Seen By Englishmen, New York Fashions, Paris Fashions, and Women As Stenographers and Type-Writers. Many ads at back which are also fun to read. Magazine measures 12" across and 16-1/2" tall wh... View more info

Image for "This Is the Draped Dress" Matted Best & Co. Ad Woman's Home Companion 1922

"This Is the Draped Dress" Matted Best & Co. Ad Woman's Home Companion 1922

By: N/A

Price: $18.00

Publisher: Woman's Home Companion Magazine:

Edition: 1922

Seller ID: 0877

Condition: Very Good


I am not usually attracted to most of the matted and/or framed advertising available, but this one caught my eye. The monotone art is not only elegant, but evocative of the Jazz Age -- the world of Scott & Zelda Fitzgerald and the artistic women of the Left Bank. As indicated on the reverse side, the image comes from the Picture Section of Woman's Home Companion magazine July, 1922. Both it and its mat are very clean. The art is the creation of John La Gatta (1894-1977), an illustrator best remembered for his work featuring women. The overall size with mat is 12"x13" while the image itself is ... View more info

Image for Harper's Bazar January 7, 1888

Harper's Bazar January 7, 1888

By: N/A

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Harper & Brothers: 1888

Edition: XXL No. 1

Seller ID: 0952

Condition: Good-plus


Very clean attractive magazine presented newspaper-style and geared to women. It's quite large, though folded in the middle and has no mailing label. There's a bit of toning at the fold and several small edge tears which have been pressed and, if s9ignificant, repaired with archival tape. Measures 11-1/2"x16-1/2" with 16 dense pages. One of the most interesting stories is a first person account entitled "How We Spent Christmas Day in India" with accompanying drawings. Other topics include winter bonnets (hence the cover girl),the occupations of women college graduates, rich and spicy foods, ol... View more info

Image for Harper's Bazar December 15, 1988 (Embroidery, Fashion)

Harper's Bazar December 15, 1988 (Embroidery, Fashion)

By: N/A

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Harper Brothers: 1888

Edition: Vol. XXI No. 50

Seller ID: 0990

Condition: Very good


Though this is actually a magazine, it's printed in newspaper fashion and yet remains remarkably good. There are few tiny edge tears and a chip from the side of page one, but I have been able to mend all tears at folds with non-browning archival tape which is nearly invisible. When opened the magazine measures 12"x16-1/2". The two brown stickers on the face are the mailing labels to De Soto, Missouri. This is the Christmas issue so there are holiday stories, but also an article about embroideries at the London Arts and Crafts Exhibition as well as two pages devoted to embroidery patterns. Ther... View more info

Image for Costumi Africa Orientale Postcard Series 29 Young African Woman Jewelry (1920's)

Costumi Africa Orientale Postcard Series 29 Young African Woman Jewelry (1920's)

By: N/A

Price: $10.95

Publisher: Naples, Italy, 1920's

Seller ID: 1163

Condition: Near fine


Beautiful postcard with a close-up view of a lovely young African woman in her native dress with emphasis on her many pieces of jewelry. The sepia tone is quite attractive and the card is unused -- no writing to the divided back and no postal stamps. I have a total of 29 of these from Series 29. Card will arrive in plastic sleeve View more info

Image for Whispering Wind Magazine Vol. 17. No. 3,4,5 (Native American 1984)

Whispering Wind Magazine Vol. 17. No. 3,4,5 (Native American 1984)

By: N/A

Price: $18.00

Publisher: New Orleans, LA, Louisiana Heritage Association: 1984

Edition: Vol.17. No. 2,3,4

Seller ID: 1352

Condition: Very good


Very nice clean magazines which comprise three of the six issues published each year. Whispering Wind focuses on Native American culture, crafts and history. All three issues contain articles about Blackfeet women's clothing. Other topics which appear just once are a 1910 photo of Blackfeet women, the National Pow-wow VI., the Ponca Scalp Dance, Apache poetry, and Circles of the World, a photo feature of a Plains exhibit from Denver which at the time of writing was in New Orleans. All are illustrated in black and white. Magazines measure 8-1/2"x11 with 26, 30 and 26 pages respectively. View more info

Image for Pictorial Review Magazine July, 1931 (Dolly Dingle, Herbert Hoover)

Pictorial Review Magazine July, 1931 (Dolly Dingle, Herbert Hoover)

By: N/A

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, The Pictorial Review Company: 1931

Edition: Volume XXXII, Number 10

Seller ID: 1411

Condition: Good-plus


I love this summer cover painted by McClelland Barclay (whom I've always called the guy whose name sounds like it's backwards!). It sets just the right tone for the pages of summer fashions inside. Barclay was best known as a pin-up artist, but he did a lot of commercial advertising work too. The best thing about this issue though is the intact page of Dolly Dingle paper dolls, totally pristine and uncut. Also, of interest is an article about Herbert Hoover in the role of grandfather. The magazine is clean and tightly bound measuring 10-1/2"x14". Mailing label to bottom front and a few small,... View more info

Image for Picture Scoop Magazine October, 1942 (1st Issue)

Picture Scoop Magazine October, 1942 (1st Issue)

By: N/A

Price: $28.00

Publisher: New York, Picture Scoop Inc.: 1942

Edition: Vol. I, No. 1

Seller ID: 1528

Condition: Very Good


This isn't a magazine you see too often, but it's a lot of fun to read. It's big one too, measuring 10x1/2" x 13-1/2" with lots of different types of stories and many, many photographs which catch the spirit of the 40's. Some stand-out stories include: a serious piece titled "Should We Draft Labor?"; Gerald L.K. Smith, successor to Father Coughlin; How To Win An Army Commission; The Story of Uncle Sam; Pleasure and Patriotism at New York's Stork Club; and Fashion with Jane Russell. There's also Hitler jokes by Danny Kaye and others. Magazine is clean and nice save one small light stain to fro... View more info

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Hats Magazine (Only Millinery Magazine in U.S. February, 1963)

By: N/A

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, New York, Millinery Associates Inc.: 1963

Edition: Vol. 87, no. 8

Seller ID: 1653

Condition: Very good


This is a collectible magazine which shows the reader the latest styles from New York and Paris, plus hints on hat making, the hat of the month with instructions on how to make it, insider gossip, and many ads for millinery supplies. The hat on the cover is a Christian Dior. Magazine is clean and nice and measures 9" x 12" and has 28 pages. not seen too often. A few other issues available. View more info

Image for Hats Magazine (Only Milinery Magazine in U.S. October, 1962)

Hats Magazine (Only Milinery Magazine in U.S. October, 1962)

By: N/A

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, New York, Milinery Associates: 1962

Edition: Vol. 87, No. 4

Seller ID: 1654

Condition: Very Good


This is a collectible magazine which shows the reader the latest styles from New York and Paris, plus hints on hat making, the hat of the month with instructions on how to make it, insider gossip, and many ads for millinery supplies. The hat on the cover was made by Mr. Arnold. Magazine is clean and nice and measures 9" x 12" and has 24 pages. Not seen too often. A few other issues available. View more info

Image for Hats Magazine November, 1962

Hats Magazine November, 1962

By: N/A

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, New York, Millinery Associates Inc.: 1962

Edition: Volume 87, No. 5

Seller ID: 1657

Condition: Very Good


This is a collectible magazine which shows the reader the latest styles from New York and Paris, plus hints on hat making, the hat of the month with instructions on how to make it, insider gossip, and many ads for millinery supplies. The hat on the cover was an Emme Original. Magazine is clean and nice with just a small bit of staining to bottom edge. Measures 9" x 12" and has 20 pages. Not seen too often. A few other issues available. View more info

Image for McCall's Magazine November, 1940 (Ku Klux Klan, Lenore Mattingly Weber)

McCall's Magazine November, 1940 (Ku Klux Klan, Lenore Mattingly Weber)

By: N/A

Price: $18.00

Publisher: New York, McCall Corporation: 1940

Seller ID: 1901


Did you grow up reading the Beany Malone books? If so, the author, Lenore Mattingly Weber, is in this issue with a short story. Her name jumped right off the cover for me! Other items of interest are an article about the actvities of the Ku Klux Klan, a story by John P. Marquand, and preparations for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Oh, and of course those elegant fashion plates. The magazine is clean and tightly bound with a small tear to top and bottom of spine, both of which I repaired with almost invisible archival tape. Other than that there's a few tiny bits of edge wear and mild soil to ligh... View more info