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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.

A newspaper ad for the latest swimsuit fashion, published in the National Labor Tribune (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania), 10 April 1937. 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 newspaper ad for the latest swimsuit fashion, published in the Miami District Daily News (Miami, Oklahoma), 3 January 1922. 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 newspaper ad for the latest swimsuit fashion, published in the Charlotte Observer (Charlotte, North Carolina), 11 July 1916. 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 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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An illustration of New York’s Fifth Avenue Easter Parade, published in the New York Herald (New York, New York), 18 April 1892. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “Our Ancestors’ Easter Parades & Spring Fashions.” blog.genealogyban...

A 1938 newspaper ad for new Easter dresses, published in the Omaha World Herald (Omaha, Nebraska), 15 April 1938. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “Our Ancestors’ Easter Parades & Spring Fashions.” blog.genealogyban...

A 1921 newspaper ad for new Easter dresses, published in the Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, Minnesota), 13 March 1921. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “Our Ancestors’ Easter Parades & Spring Fashions.” blog.genealogyban...

Princess, Gypsy or Hobo? A Look at Halloween Costume History. Read the full article at the GenealogyBank blog: blog.genealogyban...

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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Read and print out old American playbills online at GenealogyBank: www.genealogybank...

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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 an 1830 advertising card from C. C. Porter’s Hat Manufacturing Company. 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.”

1860 Sissi in polka-dotted dress Notice no under sleeves

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