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American Fashion History

Have you got a passion for the fashions of yesteryear? See the clothing and costumes that our ancestors wore in the 18th and 19th centuries up to more recent decades on our American Fashion History board. See how fashion has transformed throughout the ages evolving from the top hats and petticoats of early America, to the bell bottoms and blue jeans of the late 20th century. Also, learn how to date old family photographs with historical clothing clues found in vintage fashion advertisements.

Illustration of a “bloomer” dress of the 1850s. Source: Wikimedia Commons. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “Victorian Women Hike to the Summit of Pikes Peak!” blog.genealogyban...

Victorian Women Hike to the Summit of Pikes Peak!

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A photo of a pictorial post card, “Miss Annette Kellermann, Champion Lady Swimmer and Diver of the World.” Credit: State Library of New South Wales; Flickr the Commons. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “Great-Grandmother’s Swimsuit in Vintage Fashion Articles & Photos.” blog.genealogyban...

Great-Grandmother’s Swimsuit in Vintage Fashion Articles & Photos

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A photo of Oscar Philibert and Lillie Chatham. Credit: Gena Philibert-Ortega. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “Great-Grandmother’s Swimsuit in Vintage Fashion Articles & Photos.” blog.genealogyban...

Great-Grandmother’s Swimsuit in Vintage Fashion Articles & Photos

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Shoe guide: vintage shoe styles from the Twenties to the Fifties

Shoe guide: vintage shoe styles from the Twenties to the Fifties

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Finding Ancestors’ Names Can Be Child’s Play: Paper Doll Comics

Finding Ancestors’ Names Can Be Child’s Play: Paper Doll Comics

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An illustration from an 1837 advertising card from Mann Swift & Company (North American Straw Works). Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “How to Date Old Photos of Our Ancestors with Early Fashion Trends.”

An illustration from an 1830 advertising card from H. D. Tregear, hat maker. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “How to Date Old Photos of Our Ancestors with Early Fashion Trends.”

An illustration from a 1790 advertising card from Sam Sturgis, hat maker. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “How to Date Old Photos of Our Ancestors with Early Fashion Trends.”

Two 1834 newspaper ads for hats and fur products, published in the Portsmouth Journal of Literature and Politics newspaper (Portsmouth, New Hampshire), 22 November 1834. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “How to Date Old Photos of Our Ancestors with Early Fashion Trends.”

Dinner Dress 1880-1882