the people's history of costume


First ratified quad jumps in international competition:

Quad toe loop: Kurt Browning (CAN), 1988 World Championships FS
Quad salchow: Timothy Goebel (USA), 1998 Jr. Champion Series Final
Quad lutz: Brandon Mroz (USA), 2011 NHK Trophy SP
Quad flip: Shoma Uno (JPN), 2016 Team Challenge Cup SP
Quad loop: Yuzuru Hanyu (JPN), 2016 Autumn Classic International SP

nour386  asked:

I saw your response about teens in the 50's, 60's and 70's and I was wondering, do you have any resources about how Children-teens lived/dressed in 1900-1910's?

Of course! Here’s what I could find: 

Hope that helps!

Jibbah, the basic uniform worn by soldiers of the Mahdi Dervish army in Egypt and the Sudan in 1885 - 1886. It is a simple, cotton smock, with coloured patches. This one was brought back as a trophy by a British officer. The uniform of the Dervishes was based on the Madhi’s clothes. The red and blue patches were originally a symbol of poverty and asceticism.


The People’s History of Costume: Traditional Folk Attire

Antique Moravian man’s vest from Nivnice in the Czech Republic. The vest is made from heavy navy blue felted wool and embellished with stunning red, blue and green embroidery on the front and back.


The People’s History of Costume- Field Alterations

Federal Issue Brogan (Bottom) Recovered From The Nashville Trash Pits.

There are slices cut into the toe of these boots, which for soldiers in the field served as a quick remedy for mal-fitting footwear that was often captured from enemy troops or supplied with limited sizing options. The slices which were crudely incised with a knife point, allowed for extra room and a better fit.  There is photographic evidence  of this footwear-alteration practice seen on the 2nd body of these dead Confederate soldiers at Gettysburg.

  Its also interesting to note that on this particular pair of boots, you can still see the shape of the soldiers foot in the shoe.

*Held In A Private Collection*

research via Duvall’s Leatherwork & Andrew Kasmar


“Here we have a great, rare and very collectable lot, bags of character and a piece of great historical importance. French made at the turn of the century, a french fireman’s uniform, comprising of a jacket and trousers made from a naturally dyed indigo linen, peaked hat and leather and hemd striped belt. A lot more wearable than some of the more ceremonial examples.

The jacket features a hook and eye to close at the throat with a five button closure. All buttons are original to the garment and are domed metal and branded ‘Sapeurs Pompiers’. Red felt insignia stitched onto each side of the collar. Plain freeform cuffs. Two large patch pockets on the front. Four paneled back with elegantly curved seams which create a lovely tailored shape. The trousers show slightly less colour fade than the jacket. Probably indicative that they were washed or worn less. A high waisted design, typical of the era. Two opposing buttons close the waist with a three buttons closure at the fly. Six external buttons on the waistband for wear with braces. Again all buttons are original to to garment and are made from vegetable ivory. Split, fish-tail design at the back with metal Paris branded cinch back buckle to draw the waist in if required. Two seam pockets, lined in a strong and durable brown cotton. One hidden watch/coin pocket at the waistband. Darts at the back giving the trousers a great shape. There is a red decorative piping down the side seams.

The hat is a tall hat which appears to be made from a wool blend covered card with a hard faux leather peak with gold decorative trip. The number 298 is written inside. The cap is slightly out of shape so will need to be slightly remolded. There are some missing stitches at the peak and other signs of wear are visible. 

Also in this lot is a striped waist belt that is made from a strong hessian like material leather front with a two buckle closure. As the photos indicate the initials M.R are written inside.”

A fascinating historical and collectable lot. 


Early Indian Wars Cavalry Officer’s Fringed Buckskin Jacket, Beaded Belt & Shoulder Straps Indian Wars period soft buckskin jacket double breasted with pressed leather buttons, hand stitched button holes. Sleeves, shoulders and side seams with 1 ¼" buckskin fringe. Wide falling collar, two flapped waist pockets. Interior lined with red wool typically used in trade blankets, two red wool breast pockets and two buckskin lower pockets. Red wool shows scattered mothing. When discovered the pockets contained the following, which is included; Pair 1870’s Cavalry Captain shoulder straps in excellent condition; 2 ½" wide beaded soft buckskin belt with white background, double buckle and strap closure with German silver buckles. Attached to the belt is a small buckskin pouch that the consignor reports contained .45 long Colt cartridges - not included, also attached is an 11 ¾" black leather open top holster with tarnished silver stud decoration and tooled border, holed at the tip for a tie-down strap, excellent condition. A very interesting group which all appears to date from the early Indian Wars period.

Heritage Auctions Online


The People’s History of Costume…

19th century European folk costume bolero type jacket. I’m uncertain of which specific region it derives from, but I would quess Middle European, maybe Hungarian or Romanian. Made from thick melton like wool body, with decorative detailing in wool and velvet, lots of handstitching throughout, rayon tassels and pompoms with one original brass tip left.Two slash pockets with internal pocket bags lined with glazed linen type fabric. Facings are tapestry-like patterned boucle wool.

Highly unique decorative example of a hand-made folk costume.   I am very sad to say I lost this baby on eBay by a mere dollar! Alas! I hope whoever its new owner is will honor it as much as I do.  

The People’s History of Costume…

Mid 19th century, wooden soled brogans with iron heel-plates.  (…continued)

Although often considered to be African American slave shoes, wooden sole boots like these were  often worn by working class men and women as well. For laborers, blacksmiths and workmen working in wet factories, wooden soles tended to keep the wearer’s feet drier than traditional leather which would absorb moisture and make long shifts uncomfortable. Obviously this style of boot was cheaper to manufacture as well, so later in the century when Southern soldiers were ill-supplied, they proved to be a quick and effective remedy- although one can imagine them to be quite uncomfortable on long extended marches.


The People’s History of Costume & the Thrill of War….

George Armstrong Custer: His Navy Wool Bibb Shirt, Worn by Him in One of His Most Famous Photographs. This shirt is clearly visible under Custer’s buckskin jacket in the ubiquitous photo where he is posed with an elk he has shot during the 1873 Yellowstone Expedition. Custer also wore this shirt on his historic 1874 expedition to explore the Black Hills when gold was discovered, setting off the chain of events which led inexorably to Little Big Horn.

Libby Custer would later give the shirt to her husband’s orderly, from whom it was obtained by William O. Taylor, a 7th Cavalry veteran who had been with Reno at the battle. The following day Taylor would serve on the burial detail and witnessed the carnage suffered by Custer and his command. He would develop a lifelong fascination with the battle, and was one of the earliest systematic collectors of Custer memorabilia and relics. Between 1882 and 1920 Taylor donated a number of items to the Pocumtuck Valley Historical Association’s museum at historic Deerfield, Massachusetts, including this shirt gifted in 1885. The museum eventually deaccessioned the shirt, which was then bought by famous Custer collector Alex Acevedo. It was sold by Butterfields to the present owner in a 1995 auction of the Acevedo collection.

 Heritage Auctions Online (sold for $56,762.50)