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Blouses to wear with a tailored costume, 1911

I’m afraid these images from the Girl’s Own Paper aren’t the best quality, but I’ve had a special request for blouse images from the 19teens.  I’ve got a few more that I’ll show over the weekend. I love these ladies taking tea in their tailored costumes and blouses: This lady is wearing an impressively long chain necklace:  

Making the best of your hair in 1911

Some suggestions of hairstyles to suit your face from the Girls Own Paper, Christmas 1911: For long faces: And a side view of that style: For older women and round faces: And the back view: My favourite.  I do love a side part: I think this is just so sweet: A hairstyle for dressy occasions: For young faces, or narrow faces: And the back view: Aren’t they fabulous?  I particularly love the little glimpses of collars and necklines.

Friday Reads: Molly Make-Believe by Eleanor Hallowell Abbott

I first encountered Molly Make-Believe in the December 1911 issue of the Girl’s Own Paper. I started reading it, and was utterly enchanted: the writing wasn’t genius, but the whole effect was so charming, and frivolous, and very, very period. I devoured the exposition with much mirth.  I chuckled at the introductory sentence, which rivaled the infamous “it was a dark and stormy night” (I have always dreamed of eating a vapid grapefruit, haven’t you?). I met Carl Stanton, our atypically bedridden hero, suffering from a most unromantic case of rheumatism described with writing that suffered from a most amusing case of over-use of adjectives, some most alarmingly mis-applied. I met Carl’s not-quite-fiance Cornelia: the epitome of 1910s beauty, “big and bland and blond and beautiful”,  off to warmer climes, because every girl like Cornelia must go off to warmer climes for winter, sick fiance or no. I followed along as Carl encountered ‘The Serial Letter Co’, which made me gasp in delight.  Talk about the best pen-pal ever.  I want to subscribe to all …