Friday, October 21, 2016

A photo

I love my daily Shorpy.com photo. If you go to the website, you can see the photos huge and with great detail. I am always amazed at the skill of the photographers back then.

This one appealed to me.  They are clearly wealthy and stylish young women of a good family, but the standard of their maid's, Black Betty from South Carolina, ironing skills are questionable. Perhaps it is a difficult fabric.


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  1. Some fabrics were more difficult to iron and in summer heat wrinkled easily if one wore something all day, walking, sitting, perhaps shopping; wrinkles were unavoidable.

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    1. River, I suppose modern fabrics are designed not to crease. Much harder to do back then.

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  2. Great ladies from the past

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    1. Gosia, they look very happy.

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  3. Trust you to pick up on that feature. An eye for detail.

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    1. Marie, or it could be I focus too much on the negative.

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  4. So this Shorpy.com, you just sign up do you Andrew? I loooove old black and white photos.. a daily dose could be extremely inspirational!

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    1. Grace, it is just a website. When a new photo is put up, it comes through on my feed reader, the same as blog posts from everyone come through.

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  5. Victorian women wore long dresses, tight corsets and silly triangular hats.

    Only in the new century from the Edwardian era on, do we see confident young women having fun by themselves, with great hats, shorter dresses and no corsets. Love it!

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    1. Hels, and didn't they look so much more comfortable and happy in the modern fashion.

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  6. I hadn't noticed the poor ironing. A job I loathe. Perhaps I have trained my eyes. Love that shared parasol and the in step stride.

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    1. EC, not sure about there but we see the occasional parasol used here, often by Asian born women.

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  7. Ironing is not a thing I do much so I will never notice a few wrinkles. Merle...........

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    1. Merle, it is not the wrinkles in clothing that is the problem at our age.

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