Men's Style back in 1910

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  1. 01000001010011

    01000001010011 Active Member

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    I found this fine men's clothing catalog and thought I would share it with you all. This catalog features styles for the Spring and Summer of 1910 (102 years ago!). The, catalog by Hart Schaffner & Marx, features hand made clothes by the Itasca Mercantile Company of Hibbing, Minnesota.

    To give you a scope of what was happening in time in 1910, the Ford Model T had just started rolling off factory floors 2 years prior and the Titanic wouldn't sink until 2 years later. William Taft was President and there were only 46 States (minus: NM, AZ, AK, HI). The Boy Scouts of America had just been founded and Mulberry Street in New York City looked like this on any given day:

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    What I find most interesting are the notes accompanying each illustration; eloquently stating the important things to look for in fine clothing. Enjoy!

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  2. add911_11

    add911_11 Senior member

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    Tailor garment back in the days...... thanks for the upload.
     
  3. Percy Trimmer

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    Fascinating.

    It's interesting that in those days wool was 'adulterated' with cotton rather than some man-made fibre.

    Also it's curious how outsized much of it appears - like son is wearing dad's clothes (and not unlike today).
     
  4. dieworkwear

    dieworkwear Senior member

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    That was really enjoyable. Thanks for taking the time to scan those and share them.
     
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    Naka Senior member

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    The shoes look incredible, gorgeous waists on them. The beefy cuffs remind me of denimheads cuffing their unhemmed raw denim straight up.
     
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    It may be just the style of the illustrator, but the beautifully narrow shoes seem to be in contrast to wide and loose jackets and coats. This does seem to contrast to Parisian fashion of a similar period which was much more fitted.
     
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    Musella Senior member

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    very very nice...thanks :)
     
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    cool stuff, everything is very baggy though
     
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    1910: It's all gone pear shaped.
     
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    And people round here seem to think that G&G lasts are outrageous. When in fact, tight waisted shoes, and spade shaped soles have been 'the norm' in many decades.
     
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    The illustrator also seems to think that men should have very small heads in proportion to their bodies. :embar: Seems like a stylistic choice that was used to further emphasize the baggy and long sack suit that they were promoting.

    And yes America was the birthplace of the sack suit and in Europe jackets remained more fitted. The sack suit was particularly appropriate for the RTW industry. As careful fitting was not required.
     
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    max_r Senior member

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    people had tiny heads back in 1910
     
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    Thanks for this, I really enjoyed it. Those shoes.
     
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    I notice we were encouraged to have black suits in 1910.
     
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    . . . and that trouser cuffs were commonplace.
     

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