My Love My Umbrella

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An illustrated ode to the ubiquitous ‘brolly’ “We moved under the umbrella out of the street light, fumbling for certain footing between the tree roots. ‘Will you hold the umbrella?’ She took the imitation leather with the white stitching in her hands. ‘Kiss me.’ She leaned across the steel between us. ‘Do you think we should?’ I …

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Amazing Street Style captured in Joyce’s Dublin 1904

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Rare photos of pre-1916 Rising Edwardian Ireland – Medical student J.J. Clarke took these photographs in Dublin between 1897 and 1904. Visit the National Library of Ireland online to view the original source files. Unlike the usual studio portraits of the period, these photographs seem almost modern, with the young photographer concentrating on people in …

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140 Years of Parisian Cafe Culture

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Carousel Film Tribute to Paris – Anaïs Nin -“Paris intimate like a room.” Stills and Stories and a video tribute to Paris. Carousel – 140 Years of Parisian Cafe Culture – 1877 to 2015 Think of France, and you think of Parisian cafe’s, the Belle Epoch era, the paintings of Edouard Manet, Edgar Degas and Renoir, …

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100 + Years of College Girl Fashion

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A photographic trip back through time – College girl fashions are an often overlooked source of both style and female trends.Whether they start in the schools or have been adopted over the years from fashion periodicals, young women heading to college in 2015 may well be putting as much effort in to their style and …

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Birth of Art Deco Fashion – Cartoonist Leonetto Gappiello

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 Booklet of cartoons of leading French actresses in 1900 – Leonetto Gappiello from Italy and based in Paris is considered to be the father of the 20th Century Art Deco Poster. He succeeded lithographers like Toulouse-Lautrec, Jules Cheret, and Alphonse Mucha to become the leading advertising poster designer in 1900’s Paris. His technnique moved away …

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The Photographed Woman – 1909 in Virginia USA

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Rare photograph portraits from Rural America in 1909-1912 Hundreds of female portraits made by an itinerant photographer named Hugh Mangum, who rode the trains to the small towns of North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia in 1909. They’re notably unusual for the period by their informal and lighthearted style. Source – Duke University Library via …

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Women show the latest pompadour hairstyles -1909

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Pompadour Women – Edwardian Hairstyles 1909 The San Francisco Call, March 28, 1909. The 1900’s were drawing to a close, and with it Edwardian fashion and Edwardian hairstyles were taking their first baby steps into a new emancipated era for women. The era of the pompadour was coming to an end. The Pompadour is getting …

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The Gibson Girl

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The original IT Girl from the Edwardian era – The Gibson Girl – captured here in a rare film from the 1900s. Source Archive.org.The original footage comes from a title called The Gibson Goddess. We added our own storyline. The male stalking is kept from being too creepy by the sheer buffoonery of the men. …

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