Vintage Clothing


Figure 1.--This was a white sailor tunic suit that would have been worn by an American boy at the turn of the 20th century. The lace trim show that it would have been worn for dress occassions.

Vinatage clothing is actual histotorical clothing from different historical periods. These garments are wonderful historical pieces offering information on materials, sewing and manufacturing techniqies, dyes and colors, styles, sewing and manufacturing techniques, trims, and much more. For this reason, we have included many vintage garments along with period photographs on our HBC pages. There are many important museum collections of vintage clothing. A few HBC readers have their own private collections. Vintage clothing is usually used garments, but some garments were never worn. Colecting vintage clothing has become a popular hobby in recent years. Many collectors like the fact that they can actually wear the items in their collection, although this primarily concerns adult fashions. Several firms offer vintage clothing over the internet.

Importance

Vinatage clothing is actual histotorical clothing from different historical periods. These garments are wonderful historical pieces offering information on materials, sewing and manufacturing techniqies, dyes and colors, styles, sewing and manufacturing techniques, trims, and much more.

Definition

Vintage clothing is usually used garments, but some garments were never worn. These garments are actual period pecies and not modern clothes sewn on the basis of classic designs or even actual patterns.

Garments

We are archiving vintage clothing items here. 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. 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.

Accessories

A HBC reader asks, "I was wondering if you might know a possible answer to a question I've had for awhile now. I have a number of old navy and other uniforms that I've collected that originally had a scarf attached or something attached, but none still have them. There are marks where there once was something. From old photos I know they did have such things. Did the scarfs get made into something else? Were they given to someone special or important? Were they removed after leaving the Navy/scouting group or whatever? Because I have yet to see a uniform for sale still with one and I thought it was kind of odd." This is a good question that HBC cannot amswer at this time. We are not sure why the accessories to uniforms and clothes are so often missing. We think it just reflects the tendency over time of unattached items to become sparated. Other factors could be involved. Scarves might wear out or become soiled. Also they might be used for other purposes after the boy had outgrown his outfit.

Countries

HBC is an American site and much of the vintage clothing items we have found are American items. Hopefully our readers from other countries will provide us with items from their countries. While most of the vintage clothing items we have collected are American, we have found a few items from other countries as well. We have mostly archived them by garment type. We will eventually cross index these items by country so we can build country pages for vintage clothing. We have acquired some items from Australia, France, Germany, Japan, Russia and other countries.

Museum Collections

There are many important museum collections of vintage clothing.

Private Collecions

A few HBC readers have their own private collections. Colecting vintage clothing has become a popular hobby in recent years. Many collectors like the fact that they can actually wear the items in their collection, although this primarily concerns adult fashions.

Companies Offering Vintage Clothing

Quite a few internet sites offer vintage clothes. HBC readers are incouraged to suggest vintage clothing sites they have found to be especially good. Here we once had a much longer list, but many of the companies either went out of business or changed their URLs. Please inform us if you find an interestng vintage clothing site or if our listings here are broken. These sites are very interesting, often with considerable information on historic clothing. They are valuable sources for sites like HBC which rely heavily on paintings and photgraphs.







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