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.
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Ad for summer fashions, published in the Plain Dealer newspaper (Cleveland, Ohio), 25 May 1924. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “Vintage Fashion: Our Ancestors’ Summer Apparel.” http://blog.genealogybank.com/vintage-fashion-our-ancestors-summer-apparel.html

Vintage Fashion: Our Ancestors’ Summer Apparel

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Ad for summer fashions, published in the Plain Dealer newspaper (Cleveland, Ohio), 25 May 1924. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “Vintage Fashion: Our Ancestors’ Summer Apparel.” http://blog.genealogybank.com/vintage-fashion-our-ancestors-summer-apparel.html

Vintage Fashion: Our Ancestors’ Summer Apparel

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Article about our ancestors’ summer fashions, published in the Times-Picayune newspaper (New Orleans, Louisiana), 11 February 1906. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “Vintage Fashion: Our Ancestors’ Summer Apparel.” http://blog.genealogybank.com/vintage-fashion-our-ancestors-summer-apparel.html

Vintage Fashion: Our Ancestors’ Summer Apparel

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Wedding photo of Belle Wyatt Willard Roosevelt, published in the Jackson Citizen Patriot (Jackson, Michigan), 26 June 1914, page 9. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “Ancestor Weddings: Genealogy Tips for Finding the Dress.” http://blog.genealogybank.com/ancestor-weddings-genealogy-tips-for-finding-the-dress.html

Ancestor Weddings: Genealogy Tips for Finding the Dress

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Ad for wedding gowns, published in the Boston Herald newspaper (Boston, Massachusetts), 11 March 1936, page 3. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “Ancestor Weddings: Genealogy Tips for Finding the Dress.” http://blog.genealogybank.com/ancestor-weddings-genealogy-tips-for-finding-the-dress.html

Ancestor Weddings: Genealogy Tips for Finding the Dress

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Wedding photo published in the Broad Ax newspaper (Chicago, Illinois), 8 March 1924, page 1. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “Ancestor Weddings: Genealogy Tips for Finding the Dress.” http://blog.genealogybank.com/ancestor-weddings-genealogy-tips-for-finding-the-dress.html

Ancestor Weddings: Genealogy Tips for Finding the Dress

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Fashion article featuring a silk suit, published in the Omaha World Herald newspaper (Omaha, Nebraska), 19 June 1904. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “Passing on Family Heirlooms.” http://blog.genealogybank.com/passing-on-family-heirlooms.html

Passing on Family Heirlooms

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Photo of a bride in her wedding dress, 11 September 1929. Credit: Infrogmation; Wikimedia Commons. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “Wedding Belles! How to Find Your Ancestors’ Marriage Records.” http://blog.genealogybank.com/wedding-belles-how-to-find-your-ancestors-marriage-records.html

Wedding Belles! How to Find Your Ancestors’ Marriage Records

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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!” http://blog.genealogybank.com/victorian-women-hike-to-the-summit-of-pikes-peak.html

Victorian Women Hike to the Summit of Pikes Peak!

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In the early 1920s mens scarf ties were very thinly knotted but flared out to create a wide point. http://www.vintagedancer.com/1920s/history-1920s-neckties/

History of 1920s Mens Ties, Neckties, Bowties

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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.” http://blog.genealogybank.com/great-grandmothers-swimsuit-in-vintage-fashion-articles-photos.html

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.” http://blog.genealogybank.com/great-grandmothers-swimsuit-in-vintage-fashion-articles-photos.html

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.” http://blog.genealogybank.com/great-grandmothers-swimsuit-in-vintage-fashion-articles-photos.html

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.” http://blog.genealogybank.com/great-grandmothers-swimsuit-in-vintage-fashion-articles-photos.html

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.” http://blog.genealogybank.com/great-grandmothers-swimsuit-in-vintage-fashion-articles-photos.html

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.” http://blog.genealogybank.com/our-ancestors-easter-parades-spring-fashions.html

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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.” http://blog.genealogybank.com/our-ancestors-easter-parades-spring-fashions.html

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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.” http://blog.genealogybank.com/our-ancestors-easter-parades-spring-fashions.html

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Princess, Gypsy or Hobo? A Look at Halloween Costume History. Read the full article at the GenealogyBank blog: http://blog.genealogybank.com/princess-gypsy-or-hobo-a-look-at-halloween-costume-history.html

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1930s fashion - couple

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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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1920's fashion

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Read and print out old American playbills online at GenealogyBank: http://www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/books/?kwinc=playbill

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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 1840 advertising card from John W. D. Hall, hat maker. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “How to Date Old Photos of Our Ancestors with Early Fashion Trends.”

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