Vintage Clothing: Garments


Figure 1.--One of the most popular outfits for younger Amerocan boys at the turn of the 20th century was the tunic suit. The most popular style was the sailor tunic. This is a Sears Ucanttear suit. Tunic suits were also popular in Europe.

We have included many vintage garments along with period photographs in our HBC archive. A great deal of useful information can be gleaned from vintage clothing, These garments along with vintage photographs provide are valuable historical artifacts with provide a wealth of information. Often details about clothing such as material, color, pockets, contriction, ect. can not be readily observed in available historical photographs. Thus detailed images of vintage clothing can add greatly to our understanding of the wide range of garments accessed on HBC. We are slowly building a useful archive of a wide range of different garments. We began adding vintage clothing images to HBC before we created this vintage clothing page. Thus it will be some time before we have all the vintage clothing pages and images linked to this page. Almost all of the vintage clothing we have archived on HBC has been American clothing. There seems to be much more available vintage clothing avaiable from America than any other country. Most of the items we have archived are American. We have only a few items from oher counries. One of these items is an Afghan suede coat. We also have noted a Soviet school uniform from the 1980s. Most of the vintage clothes we have archived on HBC come from the late 19th and early 20th century. We have been able to find items from these earlier historical periods. We would be very interested in any such items HBC readers have find. Such items would be a valuable addition to HBC. We also plan to index existing items chronologically. This process is somewhat complicated because most vintage items we have found are not dated. We can only estimate the dates that items were made and worn. We have not yet, however, begun the indexing peocess. This is an undertaking we eventually plan to do. It woll provide a iseful way of viewing the many vintage items indexed on HBC. We understand tht many readers are interested in specific chronological periods. This way readers can better follow fashion shifts chronolgically. It will also allow us to provide links from the chronological pages. We also hope to index the garments by type of material.

Countries

Almost all of the vintage clothing we have archived on HBC has been American clothing. There seems to be much more available vintage clothing avaiable from America than any other country. At least they more commonly appear for sale on internet auction sites. Most of the items we have archived are American. Some styles are specifically American, such as preppy clothes. We note American preppy short pants in the 2000s. We hope to eventually add foreign garments as well. Ar this time, however, We have only a few items from other countries. One of these items is an Afghan suede coat. We have an English Fauntleroy suit with elaborate Irish lace, probably from the 1890s and an English Buster suit, a button-on shorts set from the 1940s. We have a French kilt suit or perhaps a kilt suit styled dress from the 1890s. We also have noted a Soviet school uniform from the 1980s. As long as the items archived are mostly America, it is not useful to index the garments by country. We have some limited informatiion on Oceania, including an Australian page.

Chronology

Most of the vintage clothes we have archived on HBC come from the late 19th and early 20th century. We have been able to find items from these earlier historical periods. We would be very interested in any such items HBC readers have find. Such items would be a valuable addition to HBC. We also plan to index existing items chronologically. This process is somewhat complicated because most vintage items we have found are not dated. We can only estimate the dates that items were made and worn. We have not yet, however, begun the indexing peocess. This is an undertaking we eventually plan to do. It woll provide a iseful way of viewing the many vintage items indexed on HBC. We understand tht many readers are interested in specific chronological periods. This way readers can better follow fashion shifts chronolgically. It will also allow us to provide links from the chronological pages.

Garment Types

As so much useful information can be gleaned from vintage clothing, we have included many vintage garments along with period photographs on our HBC pages. These are both valuable historical artifacts with a great deal of useful information. Often details about clothing such as material, color, pockets, contriction, ect. can not be readily observed in available historical photographs. Thus detailed images of vintage clothing can add greatly to our understanding of the wide range of garments accessed on HBC. We are slowly building a useful archive of a wide range of different garments. We began adding vintage clothing images to HBC before we created this vintage clothing page. Thus it will be some time before we have all the vintage clothing pages and images linked to this page.

Material

There is also a great deal of useful information about fabric and material in these vintage garments. We also plan to index the vintage clothing items by material. We notice velvet Fayntleroy suits and linnen blouses. Silk was commonlu used for linings. There were a rangev of wool fabrics which were used or suits. Unfortunately, while we can usually tell if a garment is wool or cotton, it is often not known what the precise fabric was. There are quite a number of fabric like duck, lawn, and many others that are only available from the manufacturer or retailer. Identifying these fabrics today would require an actual physical examination by an expert. Other fabrics like velvet and satin are realtively easy.

Color

An especially helpful aspect of archiving vintage clothing on HBC is a source of information on color. This is particularly important for HBC bevczause we rely so heavily on period phjotographs which were until relatively recently were almost entirely black and white. We can make some color assessments from black and white images, but this is very limited and highly subjective. Thus the actual vintage clothing items provide this valuable information on color. Eventually we will index the vintage garments we have archived by color. Several colors were especially popular for boys clothes, including blue, brown, and white. Many other colors were used. Here age is a factor as brigter colors might be used for younger boys clothing. The garment is another factor. Brighter colors were more acceptable for shirts than pants. Also casual and play bclothing was often done in brighter colors than more formal clothing.






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