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Just In Case You Forgot Who The King Of Twills Was

It’s Stevens Twist Twill, lest ye forget. The red lion. And just in case you’re not familiar with twill, it’s a fabric with ridges. It’s the Ruffles of the material world.

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You know how people these days looooove to say how important it is to “start a dialog” about things? How necessary it is for them to “start the conversation”? It makes me want to wretch, that kind of speech. So let’s just have a chit-chat about these manufacturer names, shall we? First off: Jack Tar Togs, that’s brilliant. It sounds like the mascot for a little league team. Go, Jack Tar Togs!

Hit Em Hard seems aggressive, but the list includes many manly names like Big Dad and 5 Brother (forget 5 Sister) and Stur-Dee. Sounds super reliable, right? But then others are more vexing. Pool’s is “swetpruf”? What is that about? That’s not even phonetically-spelled.

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It reminds me of Farmer Jack’s advertising ploy. But he does it on PURPOSE. Or purrpuss, shall I say?

And as for Tuf-Nut? Yikes. I’ll take your word for it.

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Looks Like I Picked The Right Decade (in which) To Be A Housewife

1949 Popular Mechanics
1949 Popular Mechanics

This just broke my brain. That is not a flat iron. That is not a Chi. Drying clothes happens inside a house, not near trees. Serious planning and diagramming was involved to just DRY CLOTHES. The woman on the right looks quite vexed, like an angry cat. She needs a box of wine.

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And check out the master of coat hanger origami.

PopMech020Oh, my poor grandmothers! I haven’t hung stockings/hose to dry this century. Does anyone wear pantyhose any more? Is metallurgy required? Does anyone even USE WIRE HANGERS? I sure as H do not. I saw Mommy Dearest. I’m no fool.

And what on earth is this? I can do both the Mashed Potato and the Twist, but not in a bowl of pajamas.

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What kind of female McGyver was the housewife of yesteryear supposed to be? She was too busy making avocado melon Jell-O molds to dabble in repurposing kitchen utensils. Ain’t nobody got time for that.

P.S. this looks safe.

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Lookin’ Like A Fool With Your Pants On The Ground

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Can you really blame Selena for kicking this one to the curb?  There is no way to justify this catastrophe of an ensemble.  Does this really appeal to teen girls?  Where is the shame in looking presentable?  When did we decide to stop dressing nicely?  Was it when ladies started burning their bras?  Damn you, libbers!

Now this was appropriate garb in a high school cafeteria back in 1943.  No hoochie mamas present, thank you.

all BxW pics courtesy of www.shorpy.com
all BxW pics courtesy of http://www.shorpy.com

This was how people dressed in Chicago to attend the movies in 1941.  No, it wasn’t even Broadway.

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Check out these folks riding bikes…

Schwinn1949 February 7, 1925. Washington, D.C.Mildred Billert and Hazel Bowman of Ned Weyburn's Revue

Even if they leaned forward toward the handle bars, there was no threat of whale tail in effect, no tawdry tramp stamp to mark them past their due date.

See how modestly these gals of the paper mill were attired ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY YEARS AGO?  Say what you will about the ruffles that appear to be multiplying and about to attack her head; she’s quite fetching chilling on the railroad tracks.  And what comportment!

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Even Granny’s mowing outfit looks better than how people dress for church these days.

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But this–this is the sad part. Even this GANG from 1916 looks sharp by today’s standards.

StreetGang1916Minus the smokes (and the gun), that’s street urchin style!  You can bet your bippy these kids were not of grand means, but they took the time to put an outfit together.  What happened, America?  What happened?