How We Used to Dress

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    Amazing . . . . have't seen anything this fucked up in quite a while. [​IMG]
     


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    are they books or jpg's?
     


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    To get back to Mens dress, is that picture really representative of New Yorkers at the time? U free I like those outfits more than today's professional dress for men, but I don't believe construction workers, messengers, firefighters, cops, etc dressed like that.[/quote

    No they didn't.
    Although my guess is that messengers wore suits and neckties,
    on in the case of Western Union, uniforms:

    http://sirismm.si.edu/archivcenter/misc/02020504.jpg
     


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    I think the change that has been most striking is the difference in how college students dress. Up until 1969, students at Harvard had to wear a jacket and tie to be served in their house dining halls, whereas these days, they sometimes appear wearing pajama pants.

    Here are Harvard students in a lecture hall in 1938.

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    The students, by the way, are applauding a lecture by Professor Samuel Williston. The photos were taken in 1938, but he was born in 1861 (the first year of the Civil War), and he did not pass away until 1963, over a century later: http://harvardmagazine.com/2006/01/samuel-williston.html

    Princeton students in 1950:

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    Sources: http://images.google.com/hosted/life/de17aa3a7f4ff942.html

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    You never meet Plymouth Brethren and had to work with them? That''s why I saw that blog, and immediate though this is Brethren. If you're not familiar with them, it might seem "priceless".....see also Amish, Darbyites or Mennonites.
     
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    By the fact it's Harvard, doesn't that just assume that they're middle class and upper class, i.e. they're rich and affluent ? Whether it be 1930s or today?
     
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    More true in the 1930s than today. Especially true at the turn of the century. What leaps out at me is the absence of women in those pictures.
     


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    They are books, and are still available at Amazon.


     


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    More affluent people have always dressed better, in general, than other classes. The issue is how people within each class have dressed differently over time. In a Harvard dining hall today, there would be middle and upper class students, but many of them would be dressed in T-shirts, shorts, and sweatpants. Back in the 1930s and even the 1950s, they had to wear neckties and jackets just to be served.
     


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    Harvard was not coed until the 70s. Women attended Radcliffe College a separate womens school
    affiliated with Harvard.


    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radcliffe_College
     
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